Help my pullets are 19 weeks old and not one of them have laid an egg to my knowledge.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gigglssmls, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. gigglssmls

    gigglssmls Out Of The Brooder

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    my grown hens are not laying either. I have 3 grown hens and a rooster and 11 pullets that as of this Thursday will be 19 - 20 weeks and I have not had an egg from ANYONE in almost 2 weeks. We keep them fed 16% layer feed, fruit and veggie scraps, clean water (changed twice a day). I clean up the coop and remove dirty straw daily by cleaning up the waste, I put clean straw in all nests, and once every two weeks I do a full clean of of the coop. As you can see I take good care of my chickens. But I am sad and confused that all the egg laying has stopped. ANY SUGGESTIONS?????????? PLEASE!!!!!!

    Sincerely,
    Michelle T.
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Nineteen weeks old is quite young for them to be laying. If they are new layers, you'll probably see some irregular laying patterns (they aren't quite used to the whole egg laying process). As long as they look healthy, they'll lay again, though it may be a while.

    As for your older hens, are any of them molting? Chickens molt for their first time when they are about a year old, and molt about every year after that. Generally, molting chickens don't lay. Also, daylight hours are decreasing. Hens lay best with fourteen hours or more of daylight. If the light drops below that, they will slow down, or stop laying altogether.
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Your pullets are too young, and for the adult hens - it's that time of year. Shortening daylength, molting, and time for a break in egg production.
     
  4. gigglssmls

    gigglssmls Out Of The Brooder

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    Everything I have read..... even on here and at the hatchery stated 1920 weeks they should begin, but yes I know it will be spotty for a while with the pullets. As for my older hens Do you think that a light in the coop for a couple hours .[​IMG]
     

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