The Chickens Haven't Been Laying Since Last Spring Help me Out Here

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by M To The Maxx, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    The title says it all. They are fed scratch, layer pellets, and flock raiser. Coops are always clean. Help me out here people. [​IMG]
     
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  2. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i went through the same problem. then some people on here suggested i give my chickens crushed red pepper to increase laying! it really works and each one is laying an egg just about every day! u should try it
     
  3. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    Quote:Yeah I have heard about that too. How much do feed them at once? Do you crush up the whole pepper and feed it to them?
     
  4. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard that but Im not sure of the dosage. I'd probably cull the slackers. They are really tasty [​IMG]
     
  5. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    Quote:They all aren't layin! Plus culling is cruel IMO.
     
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  6. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are pets the yes culling could be considered cruel. But when you want something out of them its not cruel its smart. [​IMG]
     
  7. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    Quote:They are both to me lol! [​IMG]
     
  8. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They are both to me lol! [​IMG]

    OHHH. NEVERMIND. [​IMG]
     
  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    18 chickens and you are just now complaining, having fed them through the main laying part of the year? Unless they're awfully old, other than the 2 juveniles, you've got snakes or rats or chickens or someone eating your eggs -- or a human is taking them, or you haven't found where they are laying. I might keep a couple of nonproductive chickens during their retirement, but not that many. Even older hens should lay now and then. When were the juveniles born? Have they ever laid?
     
  10. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    Quote:1. The juveniles are only 3 months old
    2. The oldest hen we have is like 3 years old
    3. I know nobody is taking our eggs
    4. We have no snakes
    5. We have no rats either
    6. The chickens don't even go near the egg boxes so nobody is eating any eggs
    7. They are usually in there run so they can't lay in any "hiding spots"
     

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