Hens don't lay - Why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by whudson, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. whudson

    whudson Out Of The Brooder

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    I got 3 Orpington hens and a Roo back in January. They were about 18 months old when I got them. One has been laying regularly since I got them, the other two haven't laid a single egg.

    Is that normal?

    I also have a Silkie trio that just turned 7 months. When should I expect eggs from them?
     
  2. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    Might be the amount of light and the weather for the older ones, maybe they will start laying again soon. The silkies not sure I think they take a while a friend of mine has s ilkie thats 9 months and it just started laying. I think it just depends on the bird.
     
  3. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    The ones not laying, are they molting?
     
  4. whudson

    whudson Out Of The Brooder

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    No, not moulting.

    And the one that HAS been laying decided to go broody on me last week - [​IMG]
     
  5. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    welcome to the world of BOrp.

    broody is their middle name.

    they need 14 hours of daylight for good egg laying.. also, if you are feeding them "treats" like cracked corn or scratch, they might be eating that first before their laying mash. cut out the treats for a while..
     

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