No Eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BRAHMA-MAMA2011, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. BRAHMA-MAMA2011

    BRAHMA-MAMA2011 Hatching

    Sep 28, 2011
    [​IMG] Ijust Spent The Last 3 Hours Scouting My Peeps Fav Places And No Eggs. They Range From 22-25 Weeks And Are The Heinz 57 Crew! RIR, Cochins, Silkies, Brahmas. It's Getting Old Doing An Easter Egg Hunt In September! How Do My Hens Learn Where To Lay?
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2011

  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    By keeping them penned up, with nesting boxes available. This is a learned behavior. If they haven't mastered it, or have forgotten it, they'll have to be penned up or cooped up until they do.
  3. ChickensXOXO

    ChickensXOXO Songster

    Apr 13, 2011
    The Carolinas
  4. Marcymom3

    Marcymom3 Songster

    [​IMG] from Maryland.

    Like the earlier post said, keep them in their pen/coop for a while. Also, put some golf balls or ceramic eggs in their nest boxes. Believe me, that first egg takes a lot of patience! Only one of my eight has started and so far have gotten 5 in a week. She took today off with my blessings. [​IMG]

    Good luck!
  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  6. 14

    14 Hatching

    Sep 29, 2011
    wait.... is that true? I'm free-ranging our ~4 month old brood of 14 chickens. No eggs yet. Should I be keeping them inside to get them going?
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Yes, you should pen them up for awhile. [​IMG]

  8. Hey...Girrrl's

    Hey...Girrrl's In the Brooder

    Jul 27, 2011
    Welcome...Are you feeding them laying feed? I mixed my growing feed with laying feed for one week...then gave only laying feed and within two days my RIR's were laying. They were 20 weeks when they started laying. Now all but one girl is laying. I have 2 EE, 2 Buff Orphingtons and 2 RIR. I also left golf balls in a couple of nesting boxes at 19 weeks. They had no problem knowing where to lay. They do free range but mainly later in the day when I am home and out working in the yard. They tend to lay in the morning. If you end up keeping them in the coop/run area do it early in the day and see if they will lay in the coop. If you don't have a nesting box, make a quick one out of a couple of big shoe boxes or plastic tubs big enough for them to fit in. Of course fill with straw or shavings.

    Good luck.. It's exciting getting your first egg.
  9. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Layer feed does NOT, cannot make any pullet lay. It merely provides the dietary supplements they need WHEN they lay.
  10. [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]

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