no eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BMD17553, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. BMD17553

    BMD17553 Out Of The Brooder

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    in mid to late September i let 3 of my game hens sit and incubate the eggs the nesting boxes that i had weren't cramped but they weren't huge either. i had two hens sitting on the same batch eggs. has anyone ever seen this? i split the eggs up and they separated. i had a few chicks hatch. i took a couple away and raised them by hand. the ones i left behind when they hatched the chicks i guess wanting to hangout and socialize with the others crawled into one box. which resulted in the hens all sitting in one box together. i left a few for the hens to raise naturally. that was late September now its January and i haven't seen one egg from any of the hens. how can i tell if they are either done laying for the year. i also don't know the age of them so what are some tell signs that they are to old.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    In my experience, game hens have tended to be seasonal layers. Laying from early spring to late summer, raising 2 or 3 rounds of chicks and then taking the winter off. They have not been selected and bred for maximum egg production.
     
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    but do you think the fact that i still have the chicks with them is halting their egg process?
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I doubt that 4 month old chicks are having that much of an impact on the hens. Day length is once again starting to increase. This will eventually spur egg production.
     

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