Egg Watch

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Branderella, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Branderella

    Branderella Songster

    Jul 6, 2009
    I need my girls to start laying. tried cayanne pepper, buying eggs, now I am posting.. If october comes and they havent laid, I will be having chicken noodle soup. They are 26 weeks right now!

  2. stormylady

    stormylady Songster

    Dec 27, 2008
    What do you do with cayanne pepper to make them lay? Some of my girls are way older than 26 weeks, and not laying. Turns out that I was doing everything wrong. Apparently not enough feed and way too many treats! and they were getting very thin, and eating constantly all the wrong stuff. Anyway last week I wormed them and put them and Layer feed all day with very few treats and today they were back to there old selves singing and strutting around and searching for spots to lay. So i expect eggs anyday now. I can't eat them for a couple of weeks but i will get them! LOL
    If your feeding them like you should , and Im sure that you are, I wouldn't worry, they'll lay for ya when there ready. Good luck with you girls!
  3. rufus

    rufus Crowing

    May 17, 2007
    What breed are they? It could be the heat. My latest batch of chicks didn't lay until they were almost thirty weeks old. But then, it has been really hot here.

  4. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Songster

    Jun 29, 2009
    Mine are 25 weeks and most haven't layed, or even considered it. Only three have actually laid, but 2 are so inconsistent it seems a bother. So out of 15 hens at 25 weeks, one little ol' egg a day, and it's impact cracked 80% of the time.

    Stupid chickens.
  5. Branderella

    Branderella Songster

    Jul 6, 2009
    I feed my four (RIR,SLW,EE,GSL) a little over 2 cups of layer everyday. They also get some veggies just about everyday..Is that ok?

  6. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Songster

    May 12, 2009
    Quote:Do they free range? 2 cups doesn't seem like a lot for 4 chickens, especially if that's all they get (including the veg, which has only a little protein). I personally give my chickens free choice. Granted, they free range and forage for most of the day, therefore consume less feed, but it still seems that their daily food intake would amount to more than 1/2 cup daily (unless it's 2 cups EACH?). This has never been a problem as they don't seem apt to overeat. There are chubby chickens out there, so don't know if others feel the same way.
  7. Branderella

    Branderella Songster

    Jul 6, 2009
    they free range a couple hours a week. It is 2 cups for all four together. They take forever to eat they areent starving I think...
  8. tomato lady

    tomato lady Songster

    May 18, 2009
    Eatonville, WA
    I thought chickens needed food available to them all the time. I know other types of birds graze all day. My chickens eat all the time. They are about 14 - 19 weeks. I have 31 of them and we go through about 50 lbs of feed in just over a week. I made my feeder out of a 5 gal. bucket and they empty it about every 3 days. They are still on grower, haven't started them on layer yet.

    They get some treats -- corn on the cob, strawberries, and a tomato or two here and there. But, mostly I rely on their feed for good nutrition.

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