They Just Won't Lay

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by austindon, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. austindon

    austindon Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought mature hens (4-8 months each) and have had them home since the first of August. The guy at the feed store said that I should have been seeing eggs by now, which was 3 weeks ago. He suggested to add dry cat food to the laying feed, which I did. Ha Ha, they absolutely love the cat food. I never knew cat food was 30% protein. So still now eggs. No butts in the air. No nuthin. But they are very fun and very happy. We let them free range and it is fun watching them dig up grass snakes who who knows what else. Interestingly, they don't like staying outside of their run for very long. They like their run.

    Anyway, not sure what anyone can say about why ours are not laying. We live in Austin and the weather has been pleasant. They get shade and I have an outdoor fan that blows into the run. Part of the run has a tarp over it for shade.

    Anyone else with non laying hens? We have a very cool rooster, but he does not ever crow. Funny how our flock is. But they are fun fun fun. Would not trade em for a second.
     
  2. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They might not be laying for these reasons: They might have a health issue, they might be hiding thier eggs in the yard, they may not have proper nurtrition, thier eggs might have been stolen by a pest, they might be moulting or have stopped laying to build up body reseves.[​IMG]

    Have you heard them do thier egg song?
     
  3. austindon

    austindon Out Of The Brooder

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    No laying song. Feeding them good feed and keeping the water fresh. No eggs in the yard. Some has said that it has been just too hot here but we have had several good weeks of lower temperature. I guess they will when they are ready.
     
  4. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some chickens take longer to mature, so expect eggs soon.
     
  5. austindon

    austindon Out Of The Brooder

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    Bless you Cackle. I needed to hear that. :)
     
  6. Sandstorm495

    Sandstorm495 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They may not be the age the seller has put on them (4-8 months). You will surely get eggs soon, just keep an eye out.
     
  7. Muffinburgler

    Muffinburgler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breeds are they? Some of the really slow growing ones might not lay eggs until they're a year or older.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Pictures?
     

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