Hi from Africa! Would love some advice on all things chicken :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Alliewis, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. Alliewis

    Alliewis Hatching

    Jan 21, 2015

    We have four locally bought chickens of varying colours, and a cockerel. There are only two breeds here, 'local' chickens, which we have, which are fairly free range (we also have three dogs), and the other kind, which are kept commercially in large flocks here.

    We've had them about four months. After about a week they started laying and averaged two eggs per day. But about six weeks ago they stopped and we've had no eggs since, and I've no idea why. We've been told by locals that it's no problem and we should be patient, but their information varies enormously in reliability and they frequently contradict themselves.

    We feed them corn and kitchen scraps. There is no chicken food available to buy here. Any ideas anyone? (No idea of their ages, when we bought them they were full grown and we were told they were just right for laying. Hmmm....!)

    Thanks :)

  2. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Songster

    Dec 23, 2014
    They could be in molt. Are they losing their feathers? Also since they are free range. Check everywhere because they may be laying eggs somewhere other than where you want them to. I had a hen years ago I thought quit laying and she came up missing thought something got her. Next thing I know there she is and a bunch of fluffy babies right behind her. So she was laying in her secret place.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2015
  3. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Songster

    Sep 27, 2014
    Well,I'm guessing if their young,it's a egg cycle.
    You probably should ask their age,and breed.
  4. Alliewis

    Alliewis Hatching

    Jan 21, 2015
    No, I didn't even realise they might... In my home country I would have done months of research before getting chickens. Here, I thought I could rely on local advice as a lot of western info isn't applicalbe here anyway!

  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member 8 Years

    May 11, 2010
    Welcome to BYC! Since you are in Africa my advice is limited but I'll try to help.

    It could be your chickens are molting.
    It could be the diet is lacking.
    It could be something is getting the eggs.
    It could be they are hiding the eggs.
    It could be they are eating the eggs.
    It could be the chickens have reached the end of their prime laying cycle.
    It could be a seasonal thing-days getting shorter over there?
    It could be external or internal parasites.

    Just a few 'it could be' to think about. You can add more greens (kale, spinach, alfalfa) to their diet-you might grow your own. Small amounts of commercial dog or cat food may also help.

    Good luck! And glad you stopped by!
  6. Alliewis

    Alliewis Hatching

    Jan 21, 2015
    Thank you :)

    Will try the greens, there's no commercial dog or cat food here.

    I'm assuming I'd notice them moulting?

    How would I know if they were too old or had parasites?

    What, ideally, should I be feeding them? All online advice is about which brand of food to use!

    We're near the equator so not much changes season or length of day wise.

    I'm pretty sure they're not eating, hiding or losing eggs to anything but will keep a close eye on them. Just before they stopped laying one laid three eggs and was sitting on them but our gardener took them before I could find out what we were supposed to do...
  7. Alliewis

    Alliewis Hatching

    Jan 21, 2015
    In response to other replies (thank you all so much - didn't get all the replies through at first as our internet connection's not good), there are no 'breeds' here, just 'local' chickens and factory type ones. Ours are local. No one has any idea how old they are, I've asked!

    And, what is an egg cycle?

  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
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    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
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