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Why is no one laying yet??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by franrose, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. franrose

    franrose Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 16, 2010
    I have eight chickens (6 still of laying age) and no one is laying. Usually they take a break min-Nov to Dec and start again in early January.
    Strange! I live in Oregon and it's practically spring here already. Very mild climate and the day length is increasing rapidly.
    What do I say to "the girls." I have two ducks. They are laying everyday!
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
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  3. franrose

    franrose Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 16, 2010
    Range in age from 2-8 years. Breeds: Buff Orphington, Black Australorp, Silver-laced Wyandotte, Dark Brahma, Rhode Island Red, Dominique.
  4. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    I would go out to the coop with an empty egg carton in one hand and a stew pot in the other and explain to "the girls" that one way or the other you are having chicken for dinner. [​IMG]
  5. lulu786

    lulu786 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 30, 2011

    Maybe fake eggs, put them in the nestbox to promote them to lay eggs.
  6. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Is anyone molting? It was my understanding that most take a break in the winter, which has more to do with light than with temperatures. Also, I would think your older girls are probably slowing down. This is my first year, so I'm no expert, but I only have two laying presently because two are finishing up a molt...
  7. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rock Hill,SC
    show them the oven,then show them"freezer camp". They will lay asap after that.
  8. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Quote:At 2 to 8 years. I'd be surprised that anyone over three would be laying very much.

    Try a dose of Nutri Drench. Not that I've used it. Or some vitamins and check the date on your feed. Also hold back on your treats if you've increased those or think it might be to many.

    I have had all except the Brhm and rir. The others did not strike me as great layers. I no longer have the Aussies and SLW's. The other are two and still laying but not as much as my Delawares.

    A great deal depends on how healthy they are going into a molt. Considering the differences in age and breeds seems strange none of them is laying. Though the older they are the longer it takes to recover from a molt I think.

    Hope thing improve soon

  9. franrose

    franrose Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 16, 2010
    Kind of strange too . . . only the Silver-laced Wyandotte molted this year.

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