Why Are My Hens Not Laying Ahh

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hcammack, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I got new birds from Will Marrow and they are now in with my existing flock of 3 so I now have 13 adult hens and pullets. There is one delaware laying out of the whole crew one ameraucana is broody and on eggs and the wellsummers are in a hard molt. The black Ameraucana, Black Copper Marans, and Delawares have very little excuse for not laying. Maybe they are starting to molt but i had to buy eggs with 15 birds you shouldn't have to buy eggs every I think but who knows. Any Ideas to promote laying a bit?

    thanks,
    Henry
     
  2. gel2727

    gel2727 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long have you had them? They could just be stressed from the move and the new flock members. Give them a little time, they should start back up soon.
     
  3. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    ive had them for about two weeks they did lay a few eggs at the beging though I guess they might need more time.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, mine haven't been moved and today, I got about 7 eggs from 29 currently laying in the main coop. There are 3 or so suffering from internal laying and Glenda is still not laying after her broody spell and molt, but that means my take is still way off. Must be the time of year since I've heard this story over and over.
     
  5. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to chickens and I am also experiencing a drastic drop in egg production. I thought it was stress, but do they not lay eggs when they molt? And what is internal laying? How can you tell that they are internal laying?
     
  6. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I guess its probably a combination off everything in my flock broodies, molting, young birds, stress, change in diet, change in habits, and time of year. Molting is when birds lose and regrow there feathers and they don't lay during that period of time.
     
  7. lindabean

    lindabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had my flock since April. I bought 3 older birds (1 Cochin, 1 Minorca & 1 Ameracuna) and 2 hens about 3 months old. Then, a few days later, I bought 8 fluff-balls from the feed store. Within a week the 3 older birds were laying regularly, but nothing (as expected) from the rest. Now, still nothing from the rest (even though the 3 month old's are old enough) and only 1 egg every other day from the Oldest Ameracuna. I, too, have had to buy eggs with 12 chickens in the coop. I have decided that they are molting as I see LOTS of feathers in the coop. But for some reason the oldest Ameracuna just keeps on keepin' on. Thank God for her persistence in the face of Molting![​IMG] SOOOO, how long does Molting Last???
     
  8. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I think it last for about two months but it all depends on the birds and there diet and other things. Give them extra protien to promote feather growth quickly. I sometimes will give them lots of black sunflower seeds during this time. YA I just went out the from the variouse colors of feathers scattered around I guess everyone is begining to molt [​IMG] i hopefully will have chicks soon though [​IMG]
     
  9. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All my birds have slowed down production, and my OEGB's have stopped completely. I think some are on a break and it may be weather related.
     
  10. chickenqueen

    chickenqueen Out Of The Brooder

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    I have not had one egg yet. [​IMG]
    I have 12 chickens and am having to go buy eggs :[​IMG]
    They were suppose to start laying about the first week of Sept.
    My daughter got her chickens around the same time as I did, and she lives in Idaho. Her chickens are already laying eggs. I figured that mine would start soon, but nothing yet. I am feeding them laying feed. scratch, and things that were on the list of items that were ok to feed them. How long do they take to start laying???[​IMG]
     

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