Still not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nightwatch, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. nightwatch

    nightwatch New Egg

    May 25, 2011
    This is the first time raising chickens. I have 6 Barred Rock hens that will be 23 weeks old this Thursday. I was told they lay between 18-22 weeks old. I have friends who have chickens and they say I should be getting eggs by now. They look and act healthy. I have them on layer feed now. I try not to over do it with the scratch. I dont get it. How long should I wait until it is determined there something wrong? I opened their boxes up to and put some golf balls in them. They dont even go in them.
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Is it possible they arent as old as you think they are?
    Are there any stressors?
    Are they healthy?
    Have you read the why arent my chickens laying 'sticky' posted in this section?
    Good luck--I'm sure they will start laying soon. Waiting is the hardest part!
  3. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2007
    Pell City, Alabama

    It depends on the breed when they start laying as well. 18 weeks is usually the soonest, though I'm sure somewhere they lay earlier...certainly not mine! LOL
    I've got some that are larger breeds that still haven't started to lay and they are 6 months old in October.
    With days getting shorter, that may have some bearing too. A lot of friend's chickens and some of mine are molting...that takes a lot out of them, so if yours are molting too then it may be awhile until they lay. You can try extra protein as well and some people add cayenne pepper to their feed, but I've not done that yet.
    Don't panic..they'll lay!
    Look for redder comb and wattles and they'll start spending some time in the nest boxes or looking for a place to lay.

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