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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickalick, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. chickalick

    chickalick Out Of The Brooder

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    i have had my chickens 3 weeks but no eggs
     
  2. dldolan

    dldolan WineNChooks

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    HI,
    How old are they? If they were already laying before you brought them home, then: 1. there can be a settling in period, although I think 3 weeks a bit long 2. Did the stress of the move make them molt? Molting= no eggs 3. Make sure they are getting the layer feed & oyster shell/calcium they need to lay.

    If they weren't laying before you brought them home, why are you worried? Back to , "how old are they"?
     
  3. Taylorhens

    Taylorhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In addition to the good points/questions raised in the post above:

    Are you sure they aren't laying? If they free range, they could be laying them somewhere outside and you just haven't found their nests

    If in a coop, is the coop predator proof? Snakes and other predators like to eat eggs and it's been a big year for snakes, least about in these parts!
     
  4. chickalick

    chickalick Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:i got them at 22 weeks there is no sighn of the hens molting i am giveing them corn and they get the grit i put it in a bowl in the hen shed on the floor thanks
     
  5. chickalick

    chickalick Out Of The Brooder

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    i am not sure if they were laying before i got them thanks
     
  6. Meghalu

    Meghalu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Corn alone does not provide the nutrition chickens need to thrive and lay. You should really consider switching to layer feed, and only give corn as a treat. Your local feedstore should carry layer feed. Also it sounds like they are only just reaching laying age at 22 weeks, so they might not have started yet. But it is unlikely they will start if you don't provide a balanced diet. Hope that helps [​IMG]
     
  7. dldolan

    dldolan WineNChooks

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    Quote:i got them at 22 weeks there is no sighn of the hens molting i am giveing them corn and they get the grit i put it in a bowl in the hen shed on the floor thanks

    So, grit is not calcium, it only helps them grind up their food, and if you are only giving them straight corn, they may not be getting the proper diet. You didn't say anything about free-ranging them, so I am assuming you don't. Think about what a chicken would normally eat--a wide variety of grass, greens, bugs, grains, berries--whatever they scratch up or catch. And if they were getting a "layer feed" before they came to you, which is theoretically a balanced diet for laying-aged hens, you might have shocked their system a bit. Cracked corn isn't a complete food. That and they need a source of calcium. Either toast eggs shells, crush them and give back to them, or buy some oyster shell at the feed store. It is cheap. I go through a 5=lb bag with my 8 laying hens in about 6 months, and it is maybe $2.50.

    And please see these threads for a discussion on complete diet & treats if you don't want to buy the standard Purina layer pellets (or whatever brand) from your local Feed Store.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=478712
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    the link for the treats chart:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart

    25 weeks old would be the start of when most breeds may begin laying, but if they aren't getting any calcium, it will be hard for them to do their job.
    Good luck!
     

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