Chickens not laying

Discussion in 'Egg Quality & Storage' started by ElderlyAcres, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. ElderlyAcres

    ElderlyAcres New Member

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    I have a flock of Columbian Wyandottes that are almost 7 months old and yet to lay an egg. I added a light on a timer a couple of weeks ago but nothing so far. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Bird_slave

    Bird_slave Junior Member

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    Wait them out. It's the time of year. They may start laying any day now, or it may not be until after the daylight hours start growing longer again; after December 21st, the winter solstice.
     

  3. Bird_slave

    Bird_slave Junior Member

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    In my opinion, adding light helps boost production in adult hens, a year old or older. For spring pullets, they will start laying for the very first time when their bodies are ready and the amount of daylight hours is enough; but mostly when their bodies are ready.
     
  4. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    My Ameraucana was just over 7 months old when she laid her 1st egg on Thanksgiving Day. Her contribution. :D I'd think any day now for your girls.
     
  5. boggycreekfarms

    boggycreekfarms New Member

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    Could be the weather

    We have 50 laying hens and we were getting about 3 doz. eggs a day up until about a week ago when the weather turn cold very quickly. Now we are only getting about 4-5 eggs a day. I use a light on them, weather is a little warmer now hopefully they will pick back up some. The light does help.
     
  6. ElderlyAcres

    ElderlyAcres New Member

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    Thanks for the replies to my post. I guess I'll have to develop some patience. The thing that disturbs me is that I have Black Copper Marans a month younger and they have been laying for a while now. In fact they began laying when I expected the Wyandottes to start. Go figure!
     
  7. ElderlyAcres

    ElderlyAcres New Member

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    Well next time someone ask about ways to get reluctant pullets to start laying, I think whining might do the trick. My Columbians gave me 2 eggs today and I have only been openly whining a few days. LOL
     
  8. shickenchit

    shickenchit New Member

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    Good Deal.....