My girls started laying, then the boys left, now, no eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mmartin508, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. mmartin508

    mmartin508 New Egg

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    I'm new to the world of chickens and not very educated about them. My problem is no eggs. I brought 5 chickens home from the feed store right after Easter. Supposedly, they were all hens. 3 turned out to be roosters. I started getting eggs from 1 of the hens about 2 months ago. She layed about 5 eggs, then I gave the roosters away. Now, no more eggs. At first, I thought they may be hiding them, because I was letting them free range it in the yard, but I searched everywhere. I have been keeping them confined in the coop, but still no eggs. Do you think they are just sad because the boys left? Everyone says its a myth that you need a rooster to get eggs. I know it is too, but what is going on???

    Also, its been really, really, really hot in souther california the last month or so. Do you think the 90-100 degree weather could be affecting them?

    Thanks for any advise you can give. I'm thinking about getting some more hens, and since finding this website, now I know to keep them seperate for a few weeks. You guys are a fountian of information, and I will keep coming back for as long as I have chickens.
     
  2. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard that any change at all can upset the chickens and effect their egg laying. I added a 2 year old hen to my flock and it took her 30 days exactly to start laying again and now she lays an egg almost every day. You do not need a rooster for eggs only if you want to get fertilized eggs to raise more chicks... Be patient and give the girls time to adjust.
     

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