Why are my girls not laying? Free loaders! Advice plz!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Teresaann24, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I have 7 hens out of the 7 only 1 has been laying for the past two months. They are all healthy bug free and happy. I feed 16 % laying pellets with 3 grain scratch as a treat. Sometimes they get to free range. Hens range from ages from 1yr to 4yrs old. Only two are singing and one of those two is laying. All have beautiful nests and a dry place to go lay. They started laying the 1st week of april last year.

    Any advice would be great!
     
  2. purelypoultry

    purelypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there anything that would have caused any stress? molting?
     
  3. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    They do slow down after a few years.
     
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

  5. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Oh maybe I shouldn't feed them scratch anymore.

    I am going to do the list they say to take
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    How old are the birds? 2 of them are 1 year old 3 of them are 2 almost 3 years old and one is 4 years old.
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    How much feed are the birds consuming daily? There is 1 roo to two hens each they get about 2 cups daily.
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    Has the level of feed consumption changed lately? No
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    Has there been a change in the type of feed used? Yes I switched from cracked corn to laying pellets.
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    Is the feed moldy? No
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    How much light do the birds receive daily? Has it changed? Yes changed they get light for 13 hours a day.
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    What is the light source? Sun
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    What is the condition of the poultry houses?Clean, dry
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    Are the birds getting enough clean water? Yes I go out daily and fill up their bowls.
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    What is the condition of the birds? Clean, Bug free
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    How active are the birds? Very...Like go and go..LOL
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    What is shell quality like? Perfect.
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    What is interior egg quality like? Nice, dark orange yolk.
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    Are there any signs of disease? No
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    Are the birds crowded? No
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    Are there any signs of parasites? No
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    Do the birds have access to different plants? Sometimes.
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    Have any pesticides or herbicides been used in the area? No
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011
  6. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    try it and let us know.
     
  7. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Quote:I will I didn't know scratch could effect their laying. I posted a list on the post above yours.
     
  8. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Quote:I will I didn't know scratch could effect their laying. I posted a list on the post above yours.

    Must have missed it thanks.
     
  9. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I am going to lay off on the scratch and see if everyone starts laying.
     
  10. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    5 days later no scratch only laying pellets and No one is laying... [​IMG] Just the same girl who was already laying.
     

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