Shouldn't my hens be laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by vtara16, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. vtara16

    vtara16 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 1, 2009
    North Hampton
    I have three hens that I raised since two days old. They are 33 weeks old. I have a gold comet, rhode island red & barred rock.
    The golden comet started laying at about 20 weeks, only laid about 5 eggs and the others have not laid at all.

    At the end of the Golden Comets laying streak, I watched he'd her lay a shell-less egg. All three hens immediately started to eat it as I raced over to scoop it off the ground.

    Since that day, they have not laid a single egg - Or have they? Do you think that my hens are eating the eggs, shell and all? Or should i give them more time?

    Any suggestions would be helpful.
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Do you free range them? Could they have a hidden nest? You could put a store-bought egg in the nest to see what happens to it.
  3. vtara16

    vtara16 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 1, 2009
    North Hampton
    They do not free range very often. Thhey have a large "run" and i have searched every inch of it. [​IMG]
  4. FiveHens

    FiveHens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Did they start laying in September (or close)? 'cause them the shortened day length might have turned them off...?
    They're getting everything normal, like layer feed, etc, right?

    Other than that, I don't know...[​IMG]
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    A few years ago I had a RIR and a barred/white rock cross start laying at 33/35 weeks old, second week of December. Both have layed like champs since.

  6. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Make sure they are up for 14 hours for peak laying. Give them oyster shell and grit to help with the soft egg shells. Put some light color pine shaving in the nest boxes, if they are eating the eggs in the nest boxes the pine shavings will be a little damp and stained yellow from the yokes. Add some golf balls to deter them from pecking hard shelled eggs.
  7. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Are you hearing the egg song at all, or are you not around during the day? I would recommend if and when you are around, that you check the nest box often just in case they are eating the eggs. My girls have eaten a shell-less egg, but, thankfully, that did not turn them into egg eaters. You can also put golf balls in the nest box. If they peck those, they can't get anywhere. Yes, do let us know about their diet, appearance (bright red combs?) and behavior (squatting etc).
  8. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

    Jan 7, 2009
    Keep an eye out for egg eaters. I had some and the only way I knew was the evidence on their face. [​IMG] Had to get rid of the lot. It might not be in your case but do keep an eye out. Could be a lot of things.
  9. vtara16

    vtara16 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 1, 2009
    North Hampton
    I received a great surprise when I got home from a terrible day at work! Thanks for all the suggestions.

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