My chickens aren't laying, how do I get them to lay?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickenfarmer25, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. chickenfarmer25

    chickenfarmer25 New Egg

    Oct 16, 2014
    I have all kinds of chickens and I have tried everything from red meat, oyster shell, red pepper, and it is about 68 degrees outside most of the time, my chickens are about 8 and 9 months old and I have some older ones and none of them are laying so I don't know what to do, help! And I have also used laying mash.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2014
  2. chickenlover09

    chickenlover09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2014
    When did you start giving them layer mash?

    What state/country do you live in, or how much light do they get each day?
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Are you sure they are all hens?
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on drumstick diva's question. We frequently get new members who want to know why their hens aren't laying, and when they post pics of them on the site, it turns out that their "hens" are actually "roosters." If you want to post some pics of them, we can take a look at them for you. Other possible reasons your hens aren't laying include stress from a move or a predator in the area (even the family dog), illness or internal parasites, inadequate lighting (a far more common cause than temperature), something eating their eggs (including possible the hens themselves which should leave some shell evidence), or they may be laying their eggs in a hidden nest somewhere other than the nest boxes. Many times new members have thought that their hens weren't laying only to find the eggs in a hidden nest somewhere else (sometimes a good distance from the coop). You should do an evaluation of all these factors, and then please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your hens laying.
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  6. jdilapi

    jdilapi Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 6, 2014
    Were they laying before and then stopped? They may have been upset by something in the coop or bullying out of boredom if they're not free range. If they are free range, they also may have decided to lay in a warmer place. Check barns, sheds and any other buildings that they may feel are going to be warmer in winter. One other thing to try is Purina Layena. It seems that whenever we change feed, our chickens stop laying. We go back to layena and they lay like crazy. Good Luck
  7. chickenfarmer25

    chickenfarmer25 New Egg

    Oct 16, 2014
    They aren't free range and the old ones used to lay and the newer ones when I bought them they were bought as pullets, not roosters.
  8. chickenfarmer25

    chickenfarmer25 New Egg

    Oct 16, 2014
    Also all I feed them is laying mash I give them about 1 to 1 1/2 gallons of it a day. And they get vegetable scraps
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Is it possible that they are beginning to molt (lose feathers)? Eight to nine months is early for this, but I have had a couple of birds begin early molts. During molting, many birds stop laying.

    Another thought is, could they be eating their eggs? Or, could some predator like a snake be eating the eggs?

    Because they free-range, I might also suspect that they may be hiding eggs.
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I agree with the advice given by ChickenLover09, Michael, Sumi and Wyandottes7.

    It might be because they are molting. This time of year is when they lose and re-grow their feathers. Do they have proper feed, water and calcium? Are they hiding their eggs by any chance? Has there been stress going on?

    Hope they start laying soon!
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2014

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