to lay or not to lay....

lilbreeches

Songster
10 Years
Feb 13, 2009
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Delight, AR
a couple of weeks ago, i got several white layer hens (previously from a chicken house). they were coming out of a moult and now all have grown all their feathers back. when can i expect them to start laying or will they at all? they are only year old hens. i have a RIR roo in with them and a RIR hen who is laying. but no signs at all from the whites. they totally ignore the nest boxes. please help....i don't want to eat them all, but cannot afford to feed them if they don't feed me eggs.........
 

purecountrychicken

Songster
11 Years
Sep 11, 2008
248
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Gray Court, SC
My dad just went through the same thing. It took his chickens a cpl of months to restart laying again. Now he has been getting about 15 eggs per day but thats still low cuz he has about 35 hens. So some are still not laying.
 

purecountrychicken

Songster
11 Years
Sep 11, 2008
248
2
119
Gray Court, SC
Thats really up to you. My dad and I talked about getting rid of his but wasn't sure what to do with them cuz we don't want to kill them and eat them. If you can't efford to feed them and not get eggs then you have to make that decision. But on the other hand,,your chickens may start laying eggs next week,,,ya never know.
 

lilbreeches

Songster
10 Years
Feb 13, 2009
317
1
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Delight, AR
ok i don't want to kill them right now. i want to give them a few more weeks to get it together. what i need to know is do i just feed them the layer pellets or is there something else they need until they start laying.
 

grandads

Songster
11 Years
Nov 1, 2008
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Try this, two pounds cornmeal, one bottle cayenne pepper, two cups water. Works for me every time.
 

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