plenty of hens not a single egg!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cjsgrlsx3, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. cjsgrlsx3

    cjsgrlsx3 Chirping

    Aug 20, 2011
    So I get a "new to me" flock and found some to be "sick" and some molting. I had been getting a few eggs a day but for three weeks now I haven't gotten a thing. I have three roosters and 7 hens. One of them is 5 months old and the others are 2 years old? Any thoughts?
  2. my single laying hen... no egg for 5 days... fall is so depressing. I liked having my 5 eggs a week. Was the perfect amount for me...
  3. Blueggchick

    Blueggchick ♥Dar's Blue Bayou Chicks♥

    Apr 18, 2009
    SE LA
    I'm going through the same thing. Only 1 egg every few days. Must be the change of weather or they are molting.
  4. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Songster

    May 26, 2009
    I would rule out any residual illness and then consider time of year. Alot of hens are off laying due to change of season, I know mine are. Molting will cause slow laying too, look around the yard for dropped feathers. 2 year olds are going to be slowing down a tiny bit due to age, and 5 month olds are just getting started, so they may lay erratically at first.

    Most birds will take a day or two off after laying for 5 or 6 days as well. Yours may just all be taking a break at the same time.

    If you just got them, the eggs you got may have just already been in their systems, and now they are stopping or slowing as they adjust to their new digs.

    If no one is sick, or molting, I would guess its seasonal or new enviroment. Give them a week or 2 to get back on track.

    Oh, and you have WAY to many roosters for 7 hens- that many will stress the hens out with constant breeding attempts as well as tear them up with their spurs. Personally, I would only have 1 roo for 7 hens. If you arent breeding, I would suggest you get rid of all the roo's for awhile. You can always get new roos- theyre everywhere and often free.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2011
  5. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Songster

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    Too many roosters! You should have one rooster for all those hens and a couple more hens to boot! It could be stress from over-mating...
  6. cjsgrlsx3

    cjsgrlsx3 Chirping

    Aug 20, 2011
    Darn, shpuld have mentioned in the first post that the only reason I have three roosters is because I just found put they are roosters. They haven't even started crowing yet. I am looking for homes for them now. They have not even tried to breed yet. My molting hen finally has feathers on her back now and another has started molting. So the roostets are not the problem.

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