I'm about to give up.... NOT ANY MORE!!! Update on Page 3!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by beerguzzler, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. beerguzzler

    beerguzzler Out Of The Brooder

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    I purchased 11 BR hens and they were supposed to be around 6 months old. That was 7 weeks ago and still no eggs. I purchased 2 Ameraucanas and 1 BO about 5 weeks ago and they were supposed to be about 6 months old. I still have no eggs. I have read many posts echoing my story but dang it is hard waiting after investing all the money to build a coop/run and then buy the chickens, feeders, waterer, etc.

    I have been feeding them Purina layer feed and they always have oyster shell available in a seperate feeder. I also "hang out" with them every afternoon for about 15 minutes. During that 15 mins I throw them cracked corn and we chat about our day. They don't say alot but they get the full run down of my day. Maybe they are trying to tell me to stop recanting my boring day. [​IMG]

    I'll still keep checking everyday.....
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2008
  2. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perhaps the combination of moving and adjusting to a new coop and adjusting to new bird friends combined with less daylight hours has created your situation. I would try adding light on a timer. Mine have 13 hours of light and they lay well but I think a lot of people go for 14 hours.
     
  3. BFeathered

    BFeathered Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hhhmmm, never made it to the egg-laying age, so I couldn't say, but perhaps the "cooler" weather along with the move is making them reluctant to lay. The light suggestion may help as well. Enjoy the scintillating conversation with your girls!
     
  4. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Awww, thats sad, but don't give up yet! Are their combs red? Sometimes after a move it does take a month or so to start laying again. My girls lay, and they do not have any extra light time at all.
    Keep on talking to them!!
     
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    My sex link only has natural light from 7:30-4:30p here in the Seattle area. She just started laying last week. She's laid 4 eggs so far. My other 3 are still moochers but I'm now hopeful that they will start soon.
     
  6. beerguzzler

    beerguzzler Out Of The Brooder

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    All of their combs are still pink. My rooster's comb is deep red but he does not do a very good job in the egg laying department.
     
  7. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Hmmmm ...... BEER and EGGS.........the breakfast of champions [​IMG] I would just buy more beer while you wait......... soon you will have too many i'm sure (eggs, not beer) We all get impatient waiting for eggs [​IMG]
     
  8. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

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    If their combs are small and pink they might not lay for a while. Are they squatting for you?
     
  9. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    If their combs are still pink, I would say they're not ready to lay yet. Have any of them started squatting yet? Usually they start squatting for the roo a few weeks before they start laying.

    I bought 2 Leghorn girls from our local feed mill, who gets them from a local breeder. They told me the girls were 20 weeks, but I think they were full of hot air. A Leghorn would usually be laying by 20 weeks, but these girls had small pink combs. That was 6 weeks ago, they haven't laid any eggs, but their combs are getting larger and redder. I have other hens laying, so I'm not hurting for eggs, but it bothers me that I was lied to. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2008
  10. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have some RIRs that are going on 9 months old and not laying yet. They are only starting to get red in the combs and wattles. Don't despair, they will lay when they mature! [​IMG]
     

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