Hens not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Skylercarr, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. Skylercarr

    Skylercarr Chirping

    Jul 14, 2015
    I am not sure why my chickens are not laying. They are 6 almost 7 months old. They do not have a secret nest because there is no where for the hens to hide eggs. I am pretty sure they are not molting because they haven't lost any feathers and they have stopped laying for 2 weeks. I have put them on layer feed 2 months ago when they started laying. They get plenty of water and food. So I'm not sure why my hens are not laying any ideas?

  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Songster

    Sep 23, 2015
    Deer park, Washington
    They need 14 hrs of light.. alot people put light in there coops with a timer set to give them some extra hours
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    It may be the shortened days........
    .....but often first year layers will lay all winter, tho maybe a little less, without supplemental lighting.

    So they don't free range?
    Coop and run is small enough that they can't hide eggs without you being able to find them?

    Do you feed anything other than the layer feed?
    Anything been changed or new birds added lately?

    Tell us more about your flock, coop, and run, pics can help.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2015
  4. Skylercarr

    Skylercarr Chirping

    Jul 14, 2015
    I have an area of my yard sectioned of for the hens plus there coop but they couldn't have hid any eggs because they scratched up all the grass so it's just dirt. So there is no were they could be hiding them. I feed them a handful of scratch once a week and a couple of tomatoes here and there. I have 6 hens and 2 roosters but the roosters have there on bachelor pad so there not with the hens. I have not added any new birds. But about a month ago my dog got into my chicken coop and thought the hens wanted to play and ripped out 10-15 feathers on one of my hens. But after that they laid for 2 weeks and then stopped.

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