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Where are my Eggs !!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thecochincoop, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Songster

    I have put a light in my coop for a couple weeks now and still no eggs. It is mainly in there for heat but I thought that was supposed to get them started laying [​IMG] How do I get them to start laying or is it possible this time of year. How long does it take after the light it put in the coop before they start laying? I think they are all on strike [​IMG]
  2. Marli's chicks

    Marli's chicks In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2009
    S. E. Michigan
    How many hours is the light on for?

    I have my light on a timer so my BOs get about 14 hours a day. Light turns on at about 3:30 am so they get some extra warmth in the coldest part of the night too.

    Ever since I turned it on we get an egg for each of them almost every day.
  3. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    Were they laying before Winter? How old are they? My cochin didn't lay until close to 9 months![​IMG]
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    How old are the chickens? What is the weather like where you are?
  5. cristy17

    cristy17 Songster

    We put 2 lamps - on all the time for heat and light - in my coop 8 x6 about 2 weeks ago and switched the feed to a local feed mill layer mash. In a week, my girls doubled their output of eggs. The weather lately has been just terrible up to -40 with windchill, snow & ice, and my girls haven't been able to go outside. My girls are about 9 months old give or take. Hope this helps
  6. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Songster

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    Do you have a regular bulb in there or is it a red heat lamp?
    If it's a white light, how many watts is it for how large a coop?
  7. A.J.'s

    A.J.'s Songster

    Nov 11, 2008
    Im sorry dear but if it was minus forty here, I wouldnt lay an egg either.. id bundle up and hide til spring. whew!~

    should be rambling thoughts I guess.. but ive wondered all my life why anyone would live in those conditions.. really why not move?
    But I remember visiting my mother in michigan when I was a teen ager, and when it was zero there, something that amazed me, it was not as cold as it is in tennessee at ahhh 20. Truly I could take a walk and not go all to peices trembling and shaking and gasping in the cold as I would have here in Tennessee.
    and while Im in here yaking I remember being at disneyland at 100 degrees and i hardly sweated.
    Tennessee's 100 degrees is hot trust me its hot. That visit to disneyland I was as comfortable as Id be here at 80.
    go figure...
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2009
  8. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Songster

    I am leaving the light on all day and night because it is so cold. It is getting down in the teens at night. They are from 6 months to two years old and nobody's laying. They stopped laying in November and that has been it. I have a regular 65 watt bulb in there. The coop is about 3'x4' and it stays about 30-40 degrees depending on how cold it is outside. They have been eating laying pellets for about 2 months. I hope I got everything answered.
  9. BawkinOnTheBench

    BawkinOnTheBench Songster

    Jun 13, 2008
    When we added light last October, the pullets (Leghorns) started to lay within about a week - they were 25 weeks old at the time. We didn't even go for the full 14 hours - we just turn on the lights when we get up around 5, so at the solstice they probably had about 11 hours of light.

    I messed around with an IR light for heat, but it really kept them awake - I could hear them moving around a lot whenever the light was on. Now I've switched over to a 150 W ceramic reptile heat emitter. It gives no light at all, and I think the girls are a lot happier.
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Quote:Are the older ones molting?

    It is very normal for chickens not to lay from late fall through winter. They need time to rejuvinate for spring laying.

    Contrary to popular belief the average chicken does not lay every day of the year. Most not bred for production lay 240 - 265 eggs a year. That leaves them lots of down time to rest and repair their bodies.

    Remember they are not little machines. Just as your body will take a break from certain functions when over stressed so do chickens.

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