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EE still not laying....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChicknsRock, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. ChicknsRock

    ChicknsRock Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi,
    I have an EE that's about a year old, she's small, in perfect health, free range and she hasn't laid any eggs yet. She isn't molting, and I go on everyday "Easter Egg Hunts" and have no luck in finding eggs. I put a little crate in her favorite hiding placeā€”the azalea bushes. Do you think she would start laying in it? Why isn't she laying eggs yet?
    Thanks in advance,
    ChicknsRock

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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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  3. chickgirl66

    chickgirl66 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was told to start layer feed at 18 wks. Can this hurt them if they aren't laying?
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    She sure looks like she should be laying. Have you tried confining her for a few days to see what happens? You'd be amazed where free range birds can hide their eggs.....
     
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    AngryRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Also, you should make sure your hen is eating some oyster shells and I've heard that putting a bit of olive oil in yogurt or oatmeal and feeding it to chickens helps a bit.
     
  7. ChicknsRock

    ChicknsRock Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you all!
     
  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes it can.
    Commercially, they have a lighting program that stimulates all pullets to lay at the same time and they can safely switch to a high calcium feed. Without a lighting program or with birds of various ages, giving a 4% calcium diet can be harmful.

    Starting layer at 18 weeks can be a good idea in spring and summer but not fall and winter. We just don't know when they will start laying. If they aren't building shells, they have to process the excess calcium with the kidneys. That can cause kidney damage.
     
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  9. chickgirl66

    chickgirl66 Out Of The Brooder

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    Got my first egg today! [​IMG]
     
  10. ChicknsRock

    ChicknsRock Overrun With Chickens

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    Congrats!
     

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