Why won't my hens lay eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ryan Moorefield, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Ameraucana

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  2. Black Australorop

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  3. Speckled Sussex

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  4. Barred Rock

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  5. Rhode Island Red

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  6. Jersey Black Giants

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  7. Buff Orpington

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  8. You prefer ducks

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  9. You prefer turkey

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  10. You prefer geese

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  11. Other Breed

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  1. Ryan Moorefield

    Ryan Moorefield Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 Black Australorp hens that are almost 1 year old and haven't laid a single egg yet. I have provided nesting boxes but they still haven't laid. Can anyone help me?
     
  2. SelfSufficient

    SelfSufficient Out Of The Brooder

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    Do they free range at all? Could it be that they are laying out side the pen?
     
  3. Time-Out

    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm confused. Do you want to know what my favourite breed is or why your chickens won't lay? And what have these questions got to do with coop design lol

    I selected Ameraucana, but my favourite breed might be Sebright just because my little man loves me so.

    About your laying problem... My first question would be: are you sure they're hens? If you're 100% certain, then as above suggested, they might be laying elsewhere. Third question might be: are you sure of their age?
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Could be stress, lack of protein? I have a 1 year old Wyandotte that has not laid, yet she sits in the nesting box???? Im thinking she maybe an internal layer.

    Maybe they are broody?
     
  5. Ryan Moorefield

    Ryan Moorefield Out Of The Brooder

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    I am sure of the age because I got them when they are young. I am sure they are hens because they don't fight with the rooster. I am sure they aren't laying elsewhere because I can't let them free roam right now but they have access and spend most of their time outdoors.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Pics of the birds, please.
    Please describe how they are housed, type of coop, size of run, etc.
    What are you feeding them.
    What other birds are they housed with?
     
  7. farmshinder

    farmshinder Out Of The Brooder

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    What is their specific diet and feeding times? And are they in a peaceful setting?
     
  8. farmshinder

    farmshinder Out Of The Brooder

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    Have you seen any signs of predators-raccoon or neighbor egg thief- or any signs of cannibalism?
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2012
  9. heatherscooby77

    heatherscooby77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has it been warm where you live, is there wattles, comb, earlobes really red? They just might not have started yet. Check them for bugs......................
     
  10. BigRedNZ

    BigRedNZ Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the same problem. 1 Barne did a semimolt and hasn't started again, and the other Barne and Shaver have gone off in sympathy. The two new RIRs about 8 or 9 months old have never laid an egg.

    Fresh food (layers pellets), fresh bugs and greens (regular free ranging) even their normal 40 sqr meter area and and all have been checked for little crawly nasties.

    So frustrating. Had to buy eggs for the first time in a year.
     

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