why won't my hens lay???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nicoletm24, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. nicoletm24

    nicoletm24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We were given 7 hens and a rooster about 6 months ago, fully grown, and well old enough that they should be laying! out of the 7 hens, we MIGHT get 2 eggs a day (on a lucky day) [​IMG]
    We've tried diff food, and it doesn't change a thing. is there a true tale way of figuring out which ones are laying and which are not? and why wouldn't only 2 hens lay and not all of them???[​IMG]

    THANKS [​IMG]

    Nicole
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Weeeeelllll....

    You can cage each hen for 2+ days and see if she produces an egg while in the cage.

    Or you can try the food coloring/lipstick in the vent trick...but that is not for the faint of heart.
     
  3. nicoletm24

    nicoletm24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'm scared to ask what the lipstick in the vent trick is...[​IMG]
     
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Well, it involves not ever using the lipstick yourself....


    Have you checked every nook and cranny for hidden nests? Look up high, too. And you might have a snake stealing eggs, took me a while to figure out that one!
     
  5. gwill23

    gwill23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had this problem once and later found a dozen eggs in a flower bed. Of course I let mine out all day. This has happened several times when I add to the flock or something. It takes a few times of moving them to get them in the habit. I also put golf balls in my nesting boxes. This helpped a lot. It also keeps them from all trying to lay in one box.

    If you don't ever let them out I would separate them one at a time and figure out if they are laying as suggested above. I have 11 hens and only get 7-8 eggs per day. I am ready to separte a few and weed out the ones that are not laying.
     
  6. Ema

    Ema Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:bahahahahahahaha [​IMG] [​IMG]

    not knocking it, just think its funny!!





    Edited to say I quoted thw wrong post :-( I wanted to quote the one suggesting lipstick on the vent arggg its one of those days for me!!
     
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  7. nicoletm24

    nicoletm24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they don't come out at all. and theres no where but the ground or their nests to lay...possibly snake...maybe, since my fiance found a HUGE snake skin close to the coop the other day while mowing. [​IMG] but, they've been constant 2 eggs a day. never more never less. I might start putting one in a cage per day and see what happens.

    how can you tell if you have any hens that are egg eaters except if you catch em in the act?


    nicole
     

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