why aren't they laying??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenboy7c2d, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. chickenboy7c2d

    chickenboy7c2d Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my chickens should be laying all year round concidering they're hybrids but they are only laying 1 or 2 eggs a day between the 7 of them. why aren't they laying??
     
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Tough to tell from your short description. Could be many things. How old are they? Are they going through a moult? Have you checked for external and internal parasites? What are you feeding them? Have you moved them to a new coop recently? Do they free range and could they be laying in a hidden nest? These are just some things that could cause your lack of eggs.
     
  3. chickenboy7c2d

    chickenboy7c2d Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they are all between 6 months and 18 months. yes there are a few feathers here and there. no parisites. we're feeding them pellets, corn, mealworms, soya beans and veg scraps. no move of coop. they do free range and i've checked for external nests. SEEMS LIKE ITS THE MOULT.
     
  4. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Well the younger ones might not be laying yet. I have four Ameraucana pullets that are eight months and they are just starting to lay now. I have three Wyandotte pullets that are going to be six months in a few days and they are not laying yet. The older ones might be going through a moult and the amount of sunlight (shorter days now) may also be affecting their laying as well. You could try putting a light in the coop so they have longer hours of light. What breeds do you have?
     
  5. Brodes

    Brodes Out Of The Brooder

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    I haven't seen any mention of light yet. They do need some artificial light to extend these shorter days. I try for 14 hours of light per day and that seems to help.

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  6. chickenboy7c2d

    chickenboy7c2d Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have all hybrids
     
  7. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    Quote:Supplemental lighting makes a HUGE difference!
     
  8. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I read on here that its too late to add light. Is it or no? I took my light out because I read that if you add it after the natural daylight has gone below the amount of hours they need it is then too late and might even stress them to add it now.
     

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