Not all going in coop before dusk and no eggs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by My Nine Girls, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. My Nine Girls

    My Nine Girls Out Of The Brooder

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    i have nine hen Salmon Favoralles that are now 6 months old and no eggs yet?? Should I do something to encourage laying? Also, I have an automatic door on the coop and they have all gone in every night. Recently, some are not going in and the door locks them out. I go out and put them in, but what would cause them to stop going in the coop before the door shuts? Thanks for the help! I just love my girls!:)
     
  2. JimRob

    JimRob Out Of The Brooder

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    The "no eggs" problem could depend on what you are feeding the girls. Certain feeds contain ingredients that encourage egg laying. For example, we feed laying pellets.

    Not going in before dusk could be because the area has too much artificial light. Chickens behave based on the light conditions. Plus, perhaps you should change the time the automatic door closes.
     
  3. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi & [​IMG]. If you are letting them free range out of the run - they could be laying and hiding eggs? How do their combs look? The combs will get red and look puffed up when they get close to laying. You could put a night light in the coop to help draw them in. You could teach them to come by giving scratch and feeding it in the run.
     
  4. My Nine Girls

    My Nine Girls Out Of The Brooder

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    There coop is in a large fenced area, so nothing can get to them. I have put a heat light in the coop since the temp is getting folder at night. I thought maybe getting dark early was affecting their clocks.
     
  5. My Nine Girls

    My Nine Girls Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the feedback. I feed them 16% layer pellets, plus a lot of extras, like veggies, bread, etc.

    The only lighting now is a red heat light in their coop for heat. Seems to be getting a little better, everyone went in last night and only two out tonight. They are inside a large fenced area, but I worry about fox scaling the fence.

    Thanks for the feedback.
     
  6. TheJadeChicken

    TheJadeChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    What are you feeding? How are the nest boxes set up? Is the light a normal house light?

    Just saw your post. xD
     
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  7. My Nine Girls

    My Nine Girls Out Of The Brooder

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    There are six nest boxes on one side of the coop. The light is a red heat lamp that I used when they were peeps in the brooder.
     
  8. TheJadeChicken

    TheJadeChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are they the metal ones, and do you use any bedding?
     
  9. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Sprouted Oat are best for bringing the girls into lay see this thread, pages 23 thru 29 for complete explanation,
    history of, and how-to for sprouting oats.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/425134/anybody-raise-sprouts-to-feed-the-chickens/230
    I use PlotSpike Forage Oats that I buy at Tractor Supply. I checked at Louisana State University where they
    were developed and they are specially line-bred, not genetically modified. This is a good thng.
    Best,
    Karen in western PA, USA
     
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  10. poularde

    poularde Hatching mode

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    Maybe the heat light is to warm? I have Favs and I have not had to give them heat. Maybe they are not laying yet. Give them some more time. They may start laying later than the average since the days are getting shorter.
     

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