PLEASE HELP!!! ENTIRE FLOCK has never laid a SINGLE egg!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by EllePoulet, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. EllePoulet

    EllePoulet New Egg

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    As the title suggests, we are in need of help. Our entire flock of 23 hens (1 rooster) has never laid a single egg!

    Background on the flock:

    -Approximately 9-11 months old
    -Various breeds
    -Hatchery chicks
    -Free range during the day (they mostly stay on our 2 acre lawn, but have access to woods and other areas, PLENTY of space)
    -10x14 coop at night
    -Solar light in the winter months
    -Fake eggs in the nesting boxes
    -Plenty to eat, supplemented by oyster shells, farm corn, and layer pellets
    -Gravel driveway for grit
    -Dog is out with them when they are out of the coop, guarding the flock
    -Dog also sleeps next to the coop, so I am confident there aren't egg stealers coming around, and the nesting boxes are well off the ground and under latches

    We have scoured the internet and BYC for answers. This is not a case of them laying and then stopping. Other suggestions we've tried to address:

    - They're laying, we are just missing the eggs -- from 23 chickens? We have searched high and low for ANY eggs. When they squawk we check. When they spend time in the bushes, we check. Even if we're somehow missing ALL those eggs, we have kept them cooped for up to 3 days at a time with zero eggs in the nesting boxes.

    - They have worms. They seem healthy, alert, energetic. We haven't seen any worms in their poop. Our dog has also been known to eat their poop (I know!) and she doesn't appear to have worms. We also REALLY want to keep these organic and antibiotic free, so don't want to get chemical worming medicine unless it's a last resort.

    - We have cleaned the coop.

    What are we missing? We've put so much time, effort, and money into them and desperately want to get some eggs! Any assistance is most appreciated.

    I've read through most (but not all 95 pages) of this: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/423023/why-arent-my-chickens-laying-here-are-your-answers

    PLEASE HELP! THANK YOU!!!
     
  2. karenej

    karenej Out Of The Brooder

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    Where do you live? Could be lack of daylight, cold weather? What type of chickens do you have?
     
  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    That is strange----I was going to suggest closing them in for a few days---but you already tried that. I have seen cases where if the pullets reach the egg laying age in early winter time it can delay them. The days are getting longer so maybe they will start soon. Good Luck
     
  4. EllePoulet

    EllePoulet New Egg

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    We live in northeast Kansas. We figured the solar light would address the daylight issue, but again, they have never laid, not even in the summer or fall when there was much more daylight and warmer temps. We have 4 breeds (Sussex, Welsummer, Dominique, and another which escapes me at the moment.)
     
  5. Beer can

    Beer can Overrun With Chickens

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    Most times I've had young stock go into winter when they're reaching POL they start laying anyway even though the days are short and cold.
    I've heard cayenne pepper will get hens laying but IDK :idunno
    An extreme case maybe ghost peppers or Carolina reapers :D
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    I have a few 9-10 months olds that didn't start laying until this last week.

    How do you know they are laying if you've never ever found even one egg?

    How does the solar light work.......how many hours of light does it provide and where is it located in relation to the roost???


    I'd also do some butt checks.
    Then maybe lock em up for more than just a few days.

    Vent Appearance:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying.

    Pelvic Points, feel for the 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
     
  7. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine too even without light. Mine are about 10 months old and I have been getting 6 to 14 eggs per day through this winter from 16 pullet/hens/ The pepper---LOL, I thought that was for worming them---LOL. No Pepper for my girls!
     
  8. karenej

    karenej Out Of The Brooder

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    I know my welsummers didn't lay until they were about 11 months old because they came to their laying point at the dead of winter and apparently they are kind of slow growers. Not sure about your other breeds. The heavier breeds usually take a little longer to lay than the shorter ones. I'd give them another month and make sure your light in your coop is strong enough. Sometimes the solar light is not very bright.
     
  9. Dogue

    Dogue Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it possible that your dog is eating them?
     
  10. EllePoulet

    EllePoulet New Egg

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    I don't think so - I think if that were the case there would be eggs in the times when we leave them in the coop for 2-3 days.
     

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