Hens not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nicandtroyintown, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. nicandtroyintown

    nicandtroyintown Out Of The Brooder

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    OK chicken buffs, please help me out. I have five 6 month old hens and one 6 month old rooster. Despite having egg boxes for 1 1/2 months, we have no eggs. They are organically fed and get the right amount of protein. They get 12 hrs. of sunlight now. The temperature is 40-70 degrees.

    Still, no eggs. And no sign of them laying ANYTHING. Will you please give me any tips to get them started???

    Thanks!
     
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    What breed are they? Some mature slower than others. Also, is there a possibility that they are hiding eggs?

    ETA: Welcome to BYC!!
     
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  3. nicandtroyintown

    nicandtroyintown Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! Thanks for your response. They are Barred Plymouth Rocks. We have had them loose in the yard so I will investigate the possibility of hiding eggs.

    Some of the hen's combs are more red and pronounced than others, so I guess they are closer to being layers?

    Is there any possibility that the Rooster may be hindering them?
     
  4. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    And hens need a minimum of 14 hours daylight for reliable laying. We have a light coming on in the coop from 5 am- 8 am to achieve this. Having good luck! You're almost there...[​IMG]
     
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If he is a source of undue stress - yes, indeed.

    The pullets should be putting their feed nutrients into completing their growth and into egg production. If they are instead, not eating well, burning up a lot of calories, and healing from damage caused by testosterone-charged Mr. Roo . . . you can see how that will be counter-productive.

    Steve
     
  6. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Don`t be too quick to blame the rooster. It could be, but most likely egg production will commence any day. Heavy breeds sometimes take a little longer, so a little more patience will be rewarded. The pink faces are a good sign, so hang in there........Pop
     

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