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Why aren't my hens laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Madelyne618, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. Madelyne618

    Madelyne618 Just Hatched

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    I have three hens, a Speckled Sussex, a Partridge Cochin, and a Buff Orpington. On July 2nd I got my first egg, and on July 3rd I got two more, but I haven't gotten any more since then. Why is this happening?
     
  2. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi @Madelyne618 , have your hens laid any more eggs? If you are in a heat wave, sometimes that will cause a drop. Make sure to keep them well hydrated and administer electrolytes and vitamins during the heat.

    Congrats on your first eggs!
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  3. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just starting out they can and probably will miss days in between laying as they get their system for laying going. Give them time they will start in again. Heat has a lot to do with it as well.
     
  4. ladyj02

    ladyj02 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in the same boat. Got my first egg a few days ago and nothing since. Today was coop cleaning day so I did a thorough clean out and put a few golf balls in each of the nesting boxes. Hoping to find another egg soon!
     
  5. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

    FIngers crosssed that you find one in the morning!
     
  6. Madelyne618

    Madelyne618 Just Hatched

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    Thanks for all the info! It has been in the upper 80s for a few weeks, so that's probably why they aren't laying much. Thanks again!
     
  7. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hydration with added electrolytes ( even Gatorade!) and don't forget to offer calcium on the side - crush those eggshells, the girls like them better than oyster shell. Just be sure to rinse them, dry them, and then crush them so they don't look like eggs.

    I have a hen with vent prolapse and it looks like it was dehydration and lack of calcium. I switched my flock from layer feed because of the pullets and missed putting out calcium for a week. [​IMG]
     
  8. Madelyne618

    Madelyne618 Just Hatched

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    Thanks! I'll start adding eggshell to their diet. I also give them watermelon during the afternoon when it's really hot. Does Gatorade really help? Thanks again!
     
  9. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used gatorade in desperation when I had a sick chicken. I needed something to get electrolytes into her and remembered a bottle in the pantry left from last years track season. It worked. I dribbled it into her mouth with a syringe. Eye droppers are easier and I now have a few in the kit.

    There are recipes on the forum for home made electrolytes, but I didn't have the time or patience at that moment I've heard people use pedialyte as well.
     
  10. Penny Hen

    Penny Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Putting vinegar in the drinking water helps prevent heat exhaustion. It restores electrolytes. You could also use pickle juice too because it has the vinegar in it. The electrolytes in pickles are why women crave them during pregnancy. My hens have quit laying on me too. All except my lame hen who has her own wooden shipping box of shavings. One of my hens has chicks and she is moulting so that by the time she gets these chicks big enough she should be back to laying. I think it is the high humidity here in the South that is putting most of them off laying. That or the fact that I have had a pair of mated hawks move into my little hollow about two weeks ago. So far I have not had problems with them. They just circle the sky calling.I think they have a nest on the hill across the road from me. I think the stress of them and the heat/humidity that has thrown the chickens off laying.
     

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