how to keep hens laying all year

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickenman1738, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. chickenman1738

    chickenman1738 New Egg

    Dec 18, 2015
    scott county,TN
    I have 3 Egyptian fayoumi hens,5 Rhode island reds, and 6 Delawares and a black jersey giant hen and none of them are laying
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. If your hens are not laying, there are several that need to be asked. First are your hens molting? Molting hens will not lay until after they finish their molt. Second, are they broody. Broody hens will not lay. Third, do they have plenty of light for at least several hours per day? Light striking a hen's pineal gland is what stimulates her to lay. Fourth, has anything happened recently to stress your hens (predators in the area, barking dogs, a move from one location to another, too many roosters in your flock over-breeding your hens, etc.)? Hens under stress will stop laying. Fifth, are your hens being free ranged? If so, they could be laying somewhere else besides the nesting boxes. Sixth, are your hens in good health? Poor health caused by illness, mite or lice infestations, etc. can cause your hens to stop laying. Sixth, how old are your hens? Old age can certainly bring their laying to an end. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2015
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! Michael has left you a great answer to your question as to why your hens may not be laying.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. sherahart

    sherahart Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 16, 2015
    Florida panhandle
    I had the same question because only our Leghorns and a couple of Marans are laying. Many thanks to Michael Oshay for answering. I've been treating for parasites every other month since a vet diagnosed gapeworm in some chicks that died this summer, but maybe our hens haven't fully recovered from Fowl Pox they also got over the summer. I also got permission from the state for CRD killed virus vaccines in October. They got boosters on 6 Dec, and the last Ivermectin was early Nov. If the shots aren't still stressing them, and assuming the vaccines took, we might need to get rid of some roosters. However, they don't bother the hens in our Marsh Daisy flock, 6 hens who free range with their roo away from the others. Also, the 5 Sulmtaler hens have always had 2 roos who get along to protect them, and they free range apart from the extra roos too. I think both groups are done moulting, so maybe our rare breeds take a break during winter anyway. Maybe that's how most hens would extend their laying years if given their druthers. I'd be fine with that, but 2 Marsh Daisy hens I gave to a friend have started laying again. She has only 5 hens with no roo, which makes me wonder how many hens I should have per roo when I'm not trying to breed them.
  7. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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