Why are my hens not laying?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenwisc, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. chickenwisc

    chickenwisc Out Of The Brooder

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    Two weeks ago, I added five young hens to my flock. The seller said they were around 28-30 weeks and laying. They are in an insulated coop, with fourteen hours of light a day. The coop has been checked for drafts, and have for the most part been eliminated while still giving them fresh air. They are on laying pellets and have plenty of water. They also get a scoop of scratch grain a day. They are not free range due to predators, they stay within the coop and their run.

    BUT, they have yet to lay. My question is, am I missing something major? Anything else I can do to try get some production?
     
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  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    It's quite possible that they are still adjusting to the move. Sounds like they have everything else they need.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Do you have pictures of them?
     
  4. chickenwisc

    chickenwisc Out Of The Brooder

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    No, but I could take some. May I ask why though?
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Because we've heard the same story and when we've asked for pics sometimes the birds are either males, females much younger than stated, or molting and older than stated. Sometimes they're just a poor laying breed. Sellers aren't always honest and no offense, but I don't know what your knowledge base is, if you'd know any of these things. It's just a troubleshooting thing.
     
  6. chickenwisc

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    Okay. I can understand that. I was told they were Wyandottes. I can take some pictures of them tonight.
     

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