We're having 80 degree weather-when are my chickens going to lay??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by salemskies, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. salemskies

    salemskies Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 8, 2008
    I got my chickens over the summer-near the beginning-and none of them are laying. We've been having warm weather but nuthin'! I don't know if I'm feeding them improperly but they get their food and I let them free range during the warmer hours of the day. Are they on strike?? Maybe they just don't like me?? [​IMG]
  2. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    a dummy egg has always helped me get their acts in gear. Put an egg (from the store:( right in the nest box and hope that does the trick.

    What breed? how old?
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    Egg laying has more to do with hours of daylight than tempature. Typically they need around 14 hours of daylight for full production.
    If you let them free range are you sure they are not hiding the eggs on you.
    How old are they?
  4. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area
    Oh- and Salemskies... where are you located? The warm weather sounds great... but I believe it's the daylight hour time that increases egg production. If you are in the Southern Hemisphere then you might just have some more waiting game to do for these gals... if you are Northern, then the days are short right now and hens don't generally lay until they get longer. Anyone else?
  5. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    80 degrees! [​IMG] Now where is that envious smiley?!

    Sorry! I live in MT and it is 40 here today. Thats the warmest we have had in over a month. The wind makes it feel 20! I can hardly stand up out there and my power keeps threatening to go off!

    I hope you get some eggs soon! [​IMG]
  6. salemskies

    salemskies Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 8, 2008
    Thanks for the replies! Let's see, my oldest is about 7-8 months. She was supposed to be an ameracauna but I'm not even sure that she's an EE at this point. I have 4 EE's that are 6-7 months old (I wish I marked this on a calendar), 3 BR's that are about 6 months old, and some weird speckley chicken that I acquired from my friend that I'm guessing should also be laying soon.

    I'm located in Southern California. The sun has been rising around 6:45 and setting at 5:30 to 6-I haven't really paid much attention to that. I have two RIR's that have laid nonstop since I've had them. They're now winding down since they are over 3 years old and only 1 is laying about maybe 3 eggs a week.

    My friend-who lives about 10 minutes away-has 3 hens laying consistently. Are mine just lazy??
    It would figure since that's just my luck [​IMG]
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Nah, your hens aren't lazy. As the others have said they need about 14 hrs. of daylight to be laying well. Also, does your friend have the same breed? Some breeds lay better in the wintertime than others.
  8. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008

    What are you feeding them for feed ??
  9. salemskies

    salemskies Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 8, 2008
    I feed them 3 way scratch, table scraps...they eat plenty of bugs and grass. My bunny even snuggles up with them at night but he's also been puttin' the moves on them... [​IMG] he's a little confused, I think!

    My friend has EE's laying (like what I have) and a RIR, I believe.

    Oh, I also give them oyster shell.

    They'll be nearly a year if they wait till spring!
  10. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    [​IMG] 80 DEGREES!!! I SO ENVY YOU! LOL Were having -20 here SOON!
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2009

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