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I have 11 hens between 21-27 weeks old- NONE are laying!! What am I doing wrong?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickoletta, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. chickoletta

    chickoletta Just Hatched

    They have 500 sq feet of run, and their coop is 64 sq feet (though they huddle together in about 10 sq feet lol!). I have 3 EEs, 1 black astralorp, 2 white leghorns, 1 BR, one BO, one RIR and 2 black sexlinks. The RIR and BR are the oldest, the youngest is one EE and a leghorn. I have supplemental light that, together with natural sunlight amounts to 14 hours. They have NO interest in nests. I checked pelvic bones on the BR she was not happy and I could only fit 2 fingers. The RIR shows the most comb and wattle development, though most all of them have some growth (except the youngest EE and leghorn).

    I'm feeding them grower feed with supplemental calcium. They all appear healthy and happy and mite free. What gives? It's gorgeous spring weather here, all that is missing are the eggs!!!!
     
  2. ShockValue

    ShockValue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You say they aren't interested in the boxes. Are they squatting or practicing the egg song at all?
     
  3. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe they are hiding their eggs.
     
  4. chickoletta

    chickoletta Just Hatched

    They only sing when they see me coming and they think I have treats. Other than that the just make cute clucking noise. I thought they were squatting for me, but it was just them getting comfortable in the dirt bath. They stayed squatting. When I come near them, non of them have done any submissive squatting. Waaaahhh!
     
  5. chickoletta

    chickoletta Just Hatched

    They aren't hiding eggs as far as I can tell, and I do look for yolk remnants in case they are eating. Maybe I'll check pelvic bones again on some of the others later today.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How long have you had the supplemental lighting?

    I have no idea where "Unincorporated Walnut Creek" is..might want to add more info there.

    Chickens will teach you patience....or not. [​IMG]
     
  7. Farmsomewife

    Farmsomewife New Egg

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    try giving them some sour milk. it pulled mine out of molting!
     

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