will our hens ever lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by clairerenee, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. clairerenee

    clairerenee New Egg

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    Our hens are almost 6 months old and they don't seem at all interested in laying. We try putting them close to their nest boxes and they just look at us kind of confused. any advice?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Welcome to BYC!
    What breed of hens do you have? That has alot to do with it.
     
  3. clairerenee

    clairerenee New Egg

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    Thanks for the welcome!! we have Rhode island reds and Americaunas
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Your RIRs should be laying anytime now. You may be waiting awhile longer on the Americaunas. Are they true americaunas or easter eggers?

    Do you have them on layer feed now?
     
  5. RunningChicken

    RunningChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm with you- 23 weeks old and 7 non-layers representing 4 different breeds. Threatening the stew-pot does not seem to be working.
     
  6. eggsited chickens

    eggsited chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hear ya!!! When will they lay!!!


    I have 10 different breeds and they are 20 weeks old. There has not been one egg yet!
     
  7. cochinfan

    cochinfan Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm beginning to think that hens laying eggs is an Urban Legend and this website is an evil minded ploy to keep the tale going!!!

    Where are my eggs!!!!!![​IMG]
     
  8. ChickenCat

    ChickenCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they will lay!! I promise. Soon! My banties started laying a few eggs a week, ohhh, couple weeks ago, at age 20 weeks. My black astralorps have now laid several this week, 23 girls and I have 11 eggs since Sunday! [​IMG] they will be 21weeks old tomorrow. Get set, get ready, they're gonna lay. [​IMG]
     
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    eggsited chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chickencat...I hope you are telling the truth [​IMG] If you aren't.... we will all be doing this [​IMG]
     
  10. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My RIRs are exactly 29 weeks old today and haven't started laying yet. I also have a Leghorn that is 32 weeks old and hasn't started laying either.

    TALK ABOUT DEPRESSING!!

    It must be the time of the year, though. ALL of my hens have been on strike for about 4-6 weeks now. I am just starting to get eggs again this week. Only one of the 6 Leghorns is laying, my EE is laying again, and then my other EE (also 32 weeks) and my Wyandotte (also 32 weeks) just started laying their first eggs a couple of days ago.

    I always read about hens that start laying at 16-20 weeks... is this for real?? Because all of mine are A LOT older than that when they start! And I let them free-range, feed them laying pellets, fresh fruits and veggies, etc.
     

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