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I got 16 black sex links that have only been through one year of laying they layed up entill molt around late oct. and then molt went through and they ain't layed at all. They are in a coop and there feed chicken laying mash fresh water every day. And been wormed .... If I don't get this figured out I'm putting them in the freezer this weekend
 

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Not sure where you are located, but the molt combined with the shortened daylight hours of winter might have been enough to halt their production. Can you add a artificial light to the coop to increase the amount of light they are exposed to daily?
 

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They need more daylight than they can get in the winter. A fluorescent light fixture on a timer to give them 12 hours of light will help a lot. (6AM to 6PM)
 

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Are they getting at least 14 hours of light a day? During winter if you want eggs you have to suppliment light.
 

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Tried the light thing for a month and it did not change a thing... But we are getting right at 12 hours of light right now
 

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Another thing is that all my friends and family have been getting eggs for a few months now and some have the black sex links like me
 

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PERHAPS it is their FEED. Do you feed them "Layer-ration" in pellets OR crumbles ?
("SCRATCH" is NOT sufficiently nutritious.....LOW in Protein AND LOW in Calcium)
-----just a thought-----

 

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When I got my chicks the TSC guy said that they won't start laying until 7-8 months....MAYBE they are not old enough (u may have a dif breed but still)
 

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A lot of different things can come into play ...

Either wait it out or cull for a different breed. ;)
 

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OliviaE said:
When I got my chicks the TSC guy said that they won't start laying until 7-8 months....MAYBE they are not old enough (u may have a dif breed but still)
Oh wait....sorry I didn't look at ur question enough....I didn't see that they had already layed.
 

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The only thing I can think of is that something has changed that has them ‘upset.’ Has anything changed in their environment since they were laying? New animal, new nesting boxes, something is scaring them at night, etc.?

Maybe it’s just time to start over with a new crew!
Good luck!
 

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PERHAPS it is their FEED. Do you feed them "Layer-ration" in pellets OR crumbles ?
("SCRATCH" is NOT sufficiently nutritious.....LOW in Protein AND LOW in Calcium)
-----just a thought-----

And in the warmer weather, the scratch just turns the sugar into fat, which causes fatty liver syndrome. Health issues can also cause chickens to not lay, such as overweight, worms, or mites. How is their health? :confused:
 

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I would say there in good health maybe fatter than normal but not much. And I feed pellets but there ground into almost a scratch. Nothing has changed intell recent I moved them to a coop but its still been a while And I'm pretty sure no coins are scaring them at night if they are you would think that there would be dead ones my coop ain't fool proof and I got traps around the coop to catch stuff like that.
 

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Some birds slow down during colder weather when there is also less day light. You can encourage them to lay during this time if you keep a light on in the coop. If they still dont......try adding some crushed egg shell to the diet to increase their calcium intake......those two things usually do the trick....
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