My Chickens won't lay!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickGuy, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. ChickGuy

    ChickGuy Out Of The Brooder

    14
    1
    24
    Feb 4, 2014
    So I have 13 birds all brown egg layers.Its mid winter here in ohio and all of them quit laying eggs.Any suggestions?Ive heard mixing pepper in with their feed works.I can't put a light in the pen:(
     
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    I find that even a little restriction of water will greatly reduce egg laying. In cold weather water freezes terribly fast.

    Also how cold is it where you are?

    Chickens have to eat an amazing amount of feed when it is cold. It is best to give them as much feed as they can eat when it is cold out. If there is any feed restriction then all of their energy must go to staying alive in the freezing weather, and again no eggs.

    Last point to consider is how old they are. Older hens don't lay as much.

    The light shouldn't be that much a factor any more. Every day is longer than the last and that will help them all start to lay, even though the days are still short.
     
  3. SparrowHawkFarm

    SparrowHawkFarm Out Of The Brooder

    81
    7
    41
    Jan 29, 2014
    Oregon, USA
    Sometimes they take A break, I have 17 hens of laying breeds and they are not laying yet here in OR at the ages of 1½-2½years old! LOL
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    39,655
    1,177
    516
    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    How old are they? Have you seen feathers lying around the coop and run?
     
  5. ChickGuy

    ChickGuy Out Of The Brooder

    14
    1
    24
    Feb 4, 2014
    8 of them are 20 week old pullets and 4 are 1.5 year old hens it is 20-15 degrees here.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    39,655
    1,177
    516
    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    The 1 1/2 year olds could be molting. They can't lay eggs while molting because all of their energy goes into replacing feathers.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by