dldolan

WineNChooks
9 Years
Aug 11, 2010
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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"?
 

Taylorhens

Chirping
8 Years
Apr 24, 2011
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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!
 

chickalick

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 18, 2011
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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
 

chickalick

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 18, 2011
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i am not sure if they were laying before i got them thanks
 

Meghalu

Chirping
8 Years
May 2, 2011
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The Okanagan
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
 

dldolan

WineNChooks
9 Years
Aug 11, 2010
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Sonoma County, CA
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
And
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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