Is my hen's laying done forever?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LovinThis, May 23, 2011.

  1. LovinThis

    LovinThis Out Of The Brooder

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    I got 2 silkie hens about a month ago. I am not sure how old hey are although they do not look old/aged to me. They are very pleasant and we love being around them but will we ever see an egg from these girls. Thank for your responses to answer what I didn't know as a new chicken keeper.
     
  2. Sphinx

    Sphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So you don't know if they were laying before you got them or not?

    I bought one adult hen, and she laid a couple eggs after we got her, and then didn't lay again for over a month. Sometimes the stress of a move can put chickens off laying for a month or more. If they didn't have lights on them in the winter, they can also stop laying for the winter.

    It's my understanding that chickens WILL lay, at least occasionally, up until they die.

    So, I figure your silkies are one or more of the following:

    1- too young to lay
    2- stressed from the move and not laying
    3- not laying due to lack of light, and will start once they are exposed to the sun enough hours a day.



    Please keep in mind I just *THINK* I know everything, and I actually don't. There's other folks here who know a LOT more about chickens than I do, and if one of them comes along and says something different, believe them.
     
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