why arn't my girls laying ????**UPDATE**

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sadieH5836, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. sadieH5836

    sadieH5836 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to raising chickens so I was giving it some time but...........ARRR
    I want some eggs!!!
    I have 2 RIR and 4 red sex links and 2 mix bantys. Great gals but no eggs since the first week I got the red sex links, the RIR's have never layed, nor have the 2 bantys
    What am I doing wrong????
    I got all the girls around the middle of january.


    I checked on my girls today and surprise... somebody layed an egg.
    I dont't know who but I'm very happy [​IMG]
     
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  2. TheMartianChick

    TheMartianChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Did you get them as chicks? If so, then they aren't old enough to lay yet.

    Edited to add: If the hens were already grown when you got them... Is it possible that they are really old and don't lay much anymore? Or they may not be getting enough light.
     
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  3. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Sadie~
    How old are the girls, and where do you live?
    There are many factors that contribute to their laying... are they old enough, do they have the right feed, plenty of water with vitamins, do they have long enough days, are they warm enough, are there any predators around or anything that might be upsetting them? You never know exactly what's going on, but those are some of the things that we would need to know before we could answer you intelligently. [​IMG]
     
  4. Sherry

    Sherry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they?
     
  5. pepperluvsmee

    pepperluvsmee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nutrition is so important in getting your hens to lay. A good, quality laying crumble is a great idea!
    -Theresa
     
  6. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Increasing their light with a 40 watt bulb got my girls to start laying this week. [​IMG]
     
  7. sadieH5836

    sadieH5836 Out Of The Brooder

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    well the RIR's were about 16 to 18 weeks old when I got them. The sex links were hatched in May 2007 as far as the other 2 I don't know. They get extra light in the morning. I give them layer pellets, cracked corn, oyster shells, and a different treat every day, fruit, lettuce, kale, oatmeal, etc. I even had a good friend that is a vet look at them and he said they were heathy and spoiled.
     
  8. Mrs MIA

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    Still not sure as to exactly how old they are, but it could be they're broody (are they spending time on the nests?) or getting ready to molt. Sounds like they're spoiled a little bit, but not enough to put them off laying! [​IMG]
     

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