I have a problem...

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by The Red Rooster, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Ok... I have about 20 chickens right now. Only 4 of them lay eggs. I just can't kill them.

    Will anyone buy chickens that don't really lay?
  2. Glenmar

    Glenmar Songster

    Jan 17, 2011
    Maybe they are not old enough.
  3. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Songster

    Oct 9, 2010
    I've been there. You can sell them as pets I suppose? Or just give them to someone else to dispatch? [​IMG]
  4. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    I'll try selling them then. I can't keep them if they don't lay eggs. Thanks!
  5. GardenGal

    GardenGal Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western WA
    Are they very old? Have they been under stress? Is there anything you could adjust in their diet? Good luck!
  6. Nonny

    Nonny Songster

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    You mentioned in another thread that you had chicks about 3 months old - are these the ones that you are talking about? If so, you should find the number of layers increases as they come into maturity.
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I was about to say the same thing...at 3 months old, they should not be laying at all. Expect eggs, depending on the breed, averaging 20-25 weeks but some can start sooner or later than that. Extreme heat (ie temps above 80 consistently) can put them off laying, molting will put them off as will extreme cold. You really need to figure out 1. Are the at laying age. 2) environmental effects on laying and 3) is it a temporary layoff

    Chickens take breaks from laying which is good for them, they are not machines and their bodies need the break.
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I think you need to tell us how old these birds are. Until then, can't comment. They aren't machines. All sorts of factors affect their laying. If they aren't old enough, well, there ya go.
  9. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Songster

    Aug 23, 2011
    sitting on the toilet
    they might be to young to lay
  10. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    I'm talking about my other chickens. I think they might be to old because they are 3 years old. I haven't seen them molt yet. Some of them have never layed when we got them a year ago.

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