My Cinnamon Queens Aren't Laying Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by henfran, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. henfran

    henfran New Egg

    Mar 14, 2017
    Fayetteville, AR
    Hello, this is my first post and first time taking care of chickens. I have 4 Cinnamon Queens and they're great, but not laying any eggs. they're between 7-10 months old and I feed them crumble (with oyster shells mixed in), 4 tablespoons of Omega 3 every day, and a snack (oatmeal, yogurt, greens). I've had them for almost 3 weeks and still no eggs, bummer. The weather hasn't been the best, only a couple cold days/nights. They seem happy roaming the backyard all day and know where to go at night-sleeping in their nesting boxes or roost. I've put a hard boiled egg in each box so they know where to lay. I've read that it takes time for them to get comfortable enough in their coop to lay, but shouldn't 3 weeks be enough?

    I'd appreciate any help/guidance considering i'm new to all this.

    thank you,
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    It depends. Stress prevents ovulation. When they get settled, they'll lay.

    Don't mix oyster shell with feed. It needs to be in a separate container so they can choose how much they need. Adding it to feed could be excessive and cause kidney problems and calcification of other organs and joints.
    A bird not producing an egg shell doesn't need extra calcium. Forcing them to eat more when not building shells can be a problem.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    What kind of crumble?
    Look at nutritional tag sewn into bottom of bag.....look at protein percentage.
  4. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2016
    NW Missouri
    It can take some time for them to settle in and start laying again. 3 weeks is kind of the low end of the scale. It usually takes 1-3 months.
  5. coloradowildflower

    coloradowildflower Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2008
    I'm with Gray Farms. I would expect them to take longer to acclimate and settle in, especially since they are not very old yet and probably hadn't established their laying pattern very solidly yet before they moved. Sounds like you are doing great things to make them happy and comfortable. They'll start up soon, I'll bet.
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    Can you post some pics of them?

    have you gone on an egg hunt in the yard, or tried confining them to the coop? Hens don't always know they're "supposed" to lay in the nice nest boxes we make for them. They pick places that make sense to them, hidden, dark, quiet out of the way places.
  7. coloradowildflower

    coloradowildflower Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2008
    Great point, donrae! In fact, it reminds me that our Cinnamon Queen that came to live with us at about 6 months old didn't seem to be laying and we finally found a super secret hidden nest behind the coop where she was laying. . .

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