My hens aren't laying. Advice please?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15

    WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15 Out Of The Brooder

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    HI I AM LOCATED IN WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA AND I HAVE 3 HENS AND A ROOSTER,I RESENTLY AQWIRED THEM FROM MY FRIEND.I HAVE TRIED EVRYTHING TO GET THEM TO LAY BUT THEY JUST WONT!THEY HAVE ONLY LAYED ONE EGG SO FAR, I HAVE THE LIGHT BECASE WE ARE IN DAYLIGHT SAVINGS THEY HAVE FRESH WATER ,GREAT LAYERS MASH,GRIT,AND NESTING BOXES!IM ABOUTE TO EXTEND MY COOP TOMAROW BUT CAN SOMEONE HELP PLEASE.


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  2. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    Sometimes the stress of a new environment can have them stop laying for a bit. Give them time, they will start laying again if they aren't too old.
     
  3. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    They may be too young to lay. Can your friend tell you how old they are?
     
  4. buckbeak

    buckbeak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they? I'm getting very few eggs now too, but I think that's natural for them and to be expected. I figure it will pick up again when the days get longer & the weather(here) gets warmer. They need a break in the winter.
     
  5. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    How long have you had them?

    What's the sunrise/set times where you are right now?

    How old are they?

    Are they molting (dropping a lot of feathers?)

    Sounds like the diet is OK, but there are many reasons hens stop laying for a while.

    The three most common are winter, stress and moulting...

    Be patient - they should start up for you again as they get settled in and the days get longer.
     
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Can you post pic's of the hens?

    That will help folk determine the breed, aprox age and if they're going through a molt or anything of that nature.
     
  7. WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15

    WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15 Out Of The Brooder

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    THEY ARE 1 1/2 AND I HAVE A RHODE ISLAND RED, SPECELD SUSEX,A HUGE GIANT WHITE ONE WITH FETHERS ON HER FEET AND BLACK MARKINGS ON HER NECK.I ALSO HAV A ROOSTER BUT IM NOT CONVINCED HE IS ONE HE HAS A CROP BUT COULD HE BE A FEMALE THAT LOOKS LIKE A MALE?HE HAS GOLISH MARKINGS ON HIS NECK
     
  8. WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15

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    THEY ARE NOT GOING THROUGH MOLT BUT I THINK MAYBE THEY ARE TO CRAMPED UP IN THER COOP ITS PRETTY BID BUT IM EXTENDING IT TOMMAROW.IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN TELL IF THE ROSTER IS A ROOSTER?
     
  9. kayri

    kayri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does your rooster crow? At 1 1/2 he should. If he doesn't can I have him? [​IMG]

    If you post some pics, some of the experts on this web site (not me) could tell you.
     
  10. Corey NC

    Corey NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    Also, pretty please don't post in all caps. [​IMG]
     

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