non laying chickens!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jamietidwell, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. jamietidwell

    jamietidwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so my chickens (cochin bantams) are all almost 1 year old. None of them have layed a single egg....can you believe that?! I figured they would wait till spring but nope, not one egg yet. They're mating with the roosters and everything. They've been mating for several months now. I don't know what to do.
     
  2. lovemyflock

    lovemyflock Out Of The Brooder

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    That's odd. Do they freerange, so they could be laying somewhere you don't know about??
     
  3. lovemyflock

    lovemyflock Out Of The Brooder

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    and are they eating layer food?
     
  4. jacyjones

    jacyjones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they must be laying somewhere you have not found yet - get looking and maybe use a dog with a good nose - our spaniel always finds nests for us!!
     
  5. 2boxers

    2boxers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought mine had issues, too. Then one day I accidentally discovered a nest under one of our sheds. I thought they had not been laying for weeks when in fact, they just hadn't been laying in the nest boxes for weeks.

    Time for a pre Easter egg hunt.
     
  6. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you keep them confined for a few days to see if they are just laying outside where you can't find them?
     
  7. jamietidwell

    jamietidwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They are not free range. we built a big run onto the coop
     
  8. jamietidwell

    jamietidwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yes they've been on laying pellets for awhile now and they'll be 1yr old in may
     
  9. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Can you bump up the calcium by milling the egg shells from your home use (you must be buying if they're not laying...) in a coffee grinder and feeding them back in their food?

    Can you bump up their protein by feeding them tuna or something along those lines? I heard pond fish food was a great way to blitz egg production. I haven't tried that, but I did feed a pound of freezer-burnt salmon to mine over a week or so and saw a bump in production.
     
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    My cochin bantam hens like to play the egg hunt game. Although they have a coop and nesting boxes, they lay eggs wherever they want to and I have to find them. One day I found a dozen of there eggs in a new laying spot. I wasn't sure how long the eggs were there, so I had to throw them away. At that age, yours should be laying. You may want to walk around on a daily basis in case they are laying somewhere else. Let us know if you find any.
     

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