Going on 4 months, no eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Whitewinterwolf, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. Whitewinterwolf

    Whitewinterwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Massachusetts
    Again I am having a problem with my buff orphingtons.
    My EE and the Golden Laced Whyandotte lay every day on Que, but these guys have completely stopped?
    What should I be doing or looking for?
    They arent even a full year old yet??

    I should add that they don't seem to be molting, nothing stressful has happened recently, food is always available, they get grass, and no parasites. [​IMG]
    Could it be my roosters fault for breeding them???
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I dont know about it being the roo's fault for breeding them, unless he's stressing them out.
    What is your roo/hen ratio?
    As for parasites, are you covering the internal as well as external?
     
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    The majority of chickens do not lay 12 months out of the year. It's very demanding of their bodies, and they do tend to take a break for a few months - that's mother nature's way of letting them recuperate and prepare for the next round of egg laying. I suspect that, due to the diminishing daylight hours, that's all that's happening here.

    Some folks add artificial light to "lengthen" the daylight to get around this; I personally do not recommend that. Again, they need a break once in awhile.
     
  4. Whitewinterwolf

    Whitewinterwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Massachusetts
    Quote:I have 9 girls one roo, and were getting a few more in the spring since we lost some when we ordered them.
    I think we have? We used that drop on ivermecton.
     
  5. Whitewinterwolf

    Whitewinterwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Massachusetts
    Quote:Oh ok, I hope thats what happening, I would rather that then they be sick [​IMG]
     

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