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We have given up expecting them to lay any eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nuchickontheblock, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. So we have had our 3 ameracauna pullets who are 8-9 months old for about 2 months now. except for 3 eggs from one of the girls the first week (must have been in her system already) we have not seen an egg. The one who was laying initially started molting right away, so figured that was why she stopped; but she's been good now for about 4 weeks. Then a couple of weeks ago another one started to molt. They have plenty of space in their coop and pen, get laying pellets, some scratch, fresh water daily and sometimes a special treat of meal worms (their favorite). They don't seem to like fruits/veggies, etc, although we offer them. They free range a bit around the yard, but don't go too far from the coop area. We have looked around and they are not laying anywhere else. I have a cat litter box (no top on it) with pine shavings and a couple of golf balls in it which is in one end of the coop. I kind of thought they would use that for a nest box, but they don't. They act normal and don't seem to be stressed particularly. We've kind of given up expecting any eggs and just are considering them our entertaining little pets now. But . . . I wish. . . I wish. . . [​IMG]

    Any additional suggestions??
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    [​IMG] Good, give up. Then when they really turn on the eggs, it'll be a very good surprise! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. Missy821

    Missy821 In the Brooder

    Feb 22, 2010
    Mine molted and pretty much stopped laying at the beginning of summer, and I didn't see many eggs until this past week. My three hens are older--they're almost two years old now, so I'd figured that they just weren't going to lay regularly anymore, and I'm okay with that (though I sorely miss the eggs!). Then my father set up a little wading pool for them to cool them off because it's been so unbearably hot and humid here, and the day after he gave them their pool, every hen laid! Go figure. [​IMG]

    I hope yours surprise you soon!
  4. 4 luv of eggs

    4 luv of eggs Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    A watched vent never poops an egg.
  5. Tigerjane

    Tigerjane Songster

    Jun 17, 2010
    Pflugerville, TX
    it's probably not making a difference, but have you put out some oyster shell since you saw the eggs? I hear heat can make them stop laying, so perhaps it's just too hot where you're at right now and they'll lay in the fall?
  6. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

    Jan 15, 2009
    My Coop
    Try putting up this pic inside the coop:
    "What happens to chickens that refuse to lay"

  7. crazy chook

    crazy chook Songster

    Apr 8, 2010
    Langwarrin, Victoria
  8. justtoni44

    justtoni44 Songster

    Mar 13, 2010
    omg, I want you to be my friend fattie...
    That us my sense of humor for sure...........................
    Can't quit laughing..........[​IMG]
  9. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

  10. danamillette

    danamillette Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    Northern Wisconsin
    Yup, I had one that took a YEAR!!!!!!
    Hang in there!

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