help!!!!!!!!!!!! my chickens are not laying!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by battle drone, May 20, 2012.

  1. battle drone

    battle drone Songster

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    Some of our chickens are three years old and others could be close to five years because they were given to us by a friend. There has been a fox lurking nearby that has stolen at least 5. We have been trying to catch the fox.

    We have not switched where we buy our feed and we used to get 19-28 eggs a day. But could the feed be the reason they are not laying? Is protein content the most important important thing in the feed? We have not been giving them extra calcium because it is supposed to be in the feed. We get our feed at C.E. Sauder and Son in Lancaster, PA.

    We have about 27 chickens in the coop and it is about 10ft x 10ft. There are 6 nesting boxes and a huge fenced in yard.

    Thanks for all of your help!!
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    There you go. AGE and FEAR are why they are not laying. When they get up to 4-5 years old, most hens lay only about half the year, if they lay even that much. And, to boot, they have been stressed by predator attacks! If they were laying regularly, you'd have Super Hens!


    In that link to the Why Aren't My Chickens Laying thread I gave you, the list in the very first post says:



    Quote: Your two answers are in bold. Again, they are not vending machines, so your mom will have to decide what she will do about that.
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2012
  3. battle drone

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    can i help them???
     
  4. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

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    Besides getting that fox and ending the stress. Nothing, I have heard of nothing that makes an old hen young.
     
  5. battle drone

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    we found out the chickens had mites, that is why they where not laying. thank for the help! i Learned allot!!! thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )
    we sprayed them with mite killer
     
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  6. battle drone

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    we are getting allot of eggs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )
     
  7. SouthernChicka8

    SouthernChicka8 Chirping

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    congrats! :)
     
  8. battle drone

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    thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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