where's the eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mommarx, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. mommarx

    mommarx New Egg

    7
    0
    7
    Jun 15, 2014
    ocean city, nj
    last april i purchased 6 chicks, turned out 4 of them were roosters and i only wanted eggs. so about a month ago i gave the boys to a friend who wanted them. i'm thinkin my two girls should be layin by now but no eggs. i feed them meeley worms, cracked corn, black oil seeds along with their layena. they also free range during the day. am i doing something wrong, am i too anxious? any feedback would be greatlyappreciated[​IMG]
     
  2. 1redhen

    1redhen Just Hatched

    8
    0
    14
    Jun 12, 2014
    Trinity, Texas
    I'm having the same problem... Bought 8 chicks in April.. Still no eggs. 7 hens, 1 too. Black Sex Links. I feel your frustration.
     
  3. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,576
    165
    158
    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    The wait is hard, for sure [​IMG]

    If we proceed under the assumption that your girls are indeed girls (and I hope they are!), are they exhibiting any of the signs that they are getting close to laying?

    Big, red, plump combs and wattles?

    Squatting when you reach to pat them?

    Bright red faces?

    Showing interest in the nesting boxes, visiting them regularly to check them out?

    If so, I'm sure your eggs won't be far away.

    If not, would you like to post pictures so the folks here can verify that they are indeed girls, and you are not on the Endless Wait I have seen some poor souls on. There is nothing more disappointing than waiting for eggs from a rooster. Nothing more tiring, either, lol [​IMG]

    - Krista
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2014
    1 person likes this.
  4. 1redhen

    1redhen Just Hatched

    8
    0
    14
    Jun 12, 2014
    Trinity, Texas
    I will take pictures tomorrow and post. Mine babies are Black Sex Links so I know 7 are hens and 1 is a Roo. But no the hens combs in the hens are pinkish, not bright red. They have been getting in their laying boxes for at least a month but no eggs yet. Now it's starting to get cold and I fear I won't get any eggs till next spring.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    33,844
    6,993
    576
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    They may be laying out in their range area.

    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 2-3 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it.
     
  6. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

    What Aart said!

    I have over 30 hens all are spring hatches. I am getting 2-4 eggs a day. I was free ranging and thought they were just laying eggs in the woods. Now I think because of the shortening of the days the majority are simply not laying.

    None of my black sex link are laying. I have a couple red sex link that are, one black Australorp and a little white EE that lays an egg once a week. The rest are just eating free food and not contributing to the cause.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by