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


10 Years
Sep 27, 2009
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.


10 Years
Aug 17, 2009
Cut n Shoot Texas
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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