not laying eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ballybayboy, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. ballybayboy

    ballybayboy Out Of The Brooder

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    hi, it's my first time keeping hens and i recently got 5 rhode island reds and was told that they had already completed a cycle of laying. ive had them for about 2 weeks and still no eggs. what is the reason for this?
     
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Hello and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    It could just be that they are still a bit stressed from their move.

    My girls have slowed down their laying due to the heat here. We've been 100+ F for quiet a while.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Chickens hate change, so it does take a bit for them to adjust to new surroundings. But also, it's possible the person you got them from was not quite truthful about their age. Got a picture of them?
     
  4. ballybayboy

    ballybayboy Out Of The Brooder

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    ye sure here is some i took this morning - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  5. RingedTeal

    RingedTeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think those are rir they are probably a red star.I agree with Happy Chooks
     
  6. ballybayboy

    ballybayboy Out Of The Brooder

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    ye your probably right! Thanks!
     
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    wowmanacat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I first go my hens(3) I had to wait almost three weeks before they started to lay. They did not start till I let them out to free range.
     
  8. ballybayboy

    ballybayboy Out Of The Brooder

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    they are in a small run at the minute and i hope to build a larger one for them, because i am concerned if i let them out that the wild cats (which there is about ten of and are always hanging about my garden) will go for them?
     
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  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They are red sex links. They generally look of appropriate age to be laying, but their combs look pale.

    There are so many factors that could affect their laying:

    They could still be a bit young.
    Stress from their move - if they are extremely stressed they could go into a molt and they don't lay eggs while molting.
    They could have been undernourished where they were before - that will take time to correct.
    Heat could be a factor.
    Also, since their combs are pale - I'd check them over for lice. Look around their vent - if they have lice you'll see them crawling around on the skin around the vent.
     
  10. ballybayboy

    ballybayboy Out Of The Brooder

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    i checked for lice like you said and didnt seem to find any. I think being undernourished would probably be the best reason because i think they were battery hens for their first cycle of laying. what is the best way to correct this or will i continue what i am doing by feeding them 4oz of layers pellets per hen plus whatever grass and worms they eat from the ground?
     

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