please help my 8mo buff hens are laying terribly

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by floridachickhatcher, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2011
    i ordered my 8mo now buff hens back in July 2011 they came here July 14 so they turned 8mos march 14 roughly and they are well over the age of when they should start laying and i love the buffs cause they are pretty and calm but we are only getting 8-10 eggs a day and i have 25 hens and 2 roos and 15-17 of those hens are not laying i mean i thought buffs were suppose to be good egg layers? does anyone have some suggestions as to why they are not laying? and my mom says they don't eat alot almost like they don't like the layer mash they are picky eaters i mean i told mom maybe they don't like the way the layer taste? lol she just looked at me
  2. kaankboom

    kaankboom Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 17, 2012
    you should serch the coop every where becasue they might hide there eggs
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Lock them in the coop/run for a couple of days and that will tell you if they are laying somewhere else
  4. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    I agree. If they free range, they are probably laying their eggs outside where you can't find them.
  5. ChickenJerk

    ChickenJerk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2012
    Why don't you examine each hen to determine if she is laying, laying poorly or at all.
  6. tinzman8

    tinzman8 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2011
    Are they getting enough light? I was only getting 4 or 5 eggs a day from my hens, then i put a light in their coop on a timer that comes on at 3 am...Now i get 12-15 from my 16 hens.
  7. Kaeta44

    Kaeta44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Don't know what winters are like in Florida, but if the days are short then they may well stop laying until there are more hours of daylight. Some hens (mine included) don't lay at all during the winter months and only come into lay around now.
  8. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    I''l add that at eight months they should be laying, but if for any reason their maturation slowed they may only now really starting to lay. Add to that the winter has just ended even in Florida.

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