Eggless in Seattle

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by herownimage, Oct 7, 2015.

  1. herownimage

    herownimage Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm living on Seattle's Eastside and have my own little urban flock. I have three Rhode Island Reds and they have yet to lay eggs?

    I purchased them as 3 day old chicks on April 23rd this year. Everything I've read says that new hens lay between 18-20 weeks. Yet I'm still looking for my first egg. I'm going crazy! I do not know what to do... am I missing something?

    They always have food and water. They have no interest in any extra calcium... my oyster shells go untouched in the dish. They have a large coop that they roam in and they are able to run around the back yard during the day. I clean it every other day of excess poo and they have two nesting boxes.

    I need some help troubleshooting my flock....
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Not all chickens start that early, many heritage breeds don't start laying until 5-7 months, it depends mostly on breeding and the source of your hens, it will happen.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    They're just now coming up on 6 months, so things will happen.

    Can you post a pic of your birds?

    Something else to think of....new layers are known for hiding nests when they're out of the coop. You might need to go on an egg hunt and/or confine them to the coop for a few days.
     
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  4. herownimage

    herownimage Out Of The Brooder

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    Progress! Thanks for your help! It seems like it was a daylight issue.

    I confined them to the coop and determined they still were not laying.

    After a few weeks I changed their feed to a brand of pellets instead of grain feed which added the calcium they needed. They seemed to be ignoring the oyster shells in the corner of the coop but eating all the grains.

    Two weeks still no eggs. So then I added a light to the coop and voila! Eggs! I'm so happy! This weekend I have had 4 eggs in 3 days so hopefully there will be a trend that keeps happening!

    Thanks so much for your replies. Here are some gratifying pictures of chickens and eggs![​IMG]
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  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I don't believe light has any affect on first year layers, mine have always layed regardless of light. It was probably just time. Congratulations.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Light can effect first year layers....but whether it 'did the trick' in this situation is hard to determine.

    Depends on how the light was applied and when.

    Could have been the feed change too.
    Could have just been the rate of maturation.

    Lots of variables in play, and there often is no one pat answer.
     
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