March 1, 2009 at 7:18 am #247197
hi guys my name is chris am new to this site as well as raising chickens.got 4 point of lay hens 2 weeks ago.they seem happy,have plenty of good food to eat,foraging around the backyard all day but no eggs as yet.if anyone has any ideas or feedback i would appreciate it.thanks hope to hear from people soon.chrisl :wave:March 1, 2009 at 7:34 am #397871
Gooday ChrisL and welcome to ALS:wave:
Takes them a while to settle in and sort out their pecking order. Are you sure thye are not hiding their eggs if they are free range?
Anyway enjoy your journey to simple living:tup:March 1, 2009 at 8:37 am #397872
Mine are on strike too. I think the heat might’ve gotten to them. No idea actually. I have 2 gone broody on me. Dang chookens! :@March 1, 2009 at 8:56 am #397873
Give them a bit more time ChrisL. They will lay soon!! Having said that, mine are also on strike at the moment. I only have two, and they seem to be taking it day about to lay an egg!! I remember when I first got them…..watching them all the time…..waiting for them to move!!! When I finally got my first egg I rang everyone I knew!!! Soon you will have so many eggs, you’ll be asking for egg recipes!!!March 1, 2009 at 9:21 am #397874
I got some point of lay chooks once in April and didn’t have eggs until the next spring when there was a flush!
But it can take lots of protein for them to lay. If they free range they eat bugs and worms and things. If they are in a pen, I will supplement them if I want to bring on egglaying, say in spring. One way to do that is with sour milk and another way which is quite effective and don’t everybody yell at me – is to supplement their feed with dog bits. I get puppy bits which are high in protein and are supposed to have like other good things in them. I don’t give them many but they do the trick if you’re hanging out for eggs.March 1, 2009 at 9:28 am #397875
Mine have been on strike for about a fornight now! :shrug: The number of eggs laid over the summer is quite pittance compared to Spring Laying Period!
I think it depends on how hot it is…
Good luck and enjoy your chooks while they work (eggs will come eventually).
Cheers! And welcome to ALS! :wave:March 1, 2009 at 9:30 am #397876
don’t everybody yell at me – is to supplement their feed with dog bits.
Well if they are going to yell at you then they will have to yell at me as well I used to give my chookies:( cat chow and what the fussy cat wouldn’t eat and the dregs from the dry dog food.March 1, 2009 at 10:16 am #397877
Hmmmm,, My chooks (thanks Tam 🙂 ) I think have it too good.. I have to Australorps and two silkies.. We get maybe 1-2 silkies eggs every 3 days.. and 1 big egg once a day.. I swear the silkies spend more time being broodie than not, and I think one of the lorps doesn’t lay at all……. The heat has really taken it’s toll on the lorps. but they have gotten over it..March 1, 2009 at 10:31 am #397878
:lol::lol: loris and Judi B. I seem to spend a lot of time chasing my chooks out of the house every day as they are after the leftover cat food – whether wet or dry!!!S’ppose I could close the door, but then there’d be no fun!!!March 8, 2009 at 6:22 am #397879
thank you everyone for your helpful advice.the pet food idea sounds interesting as we have a fussy cat also.however,watching them wander around the backyard is good enough for now.they love eating grapes:lol:March 8, 2009 at 6:34 am #397880
Dont forget folks that Chooks go onto haveing a MOULT season each year. Well the majority do.
eGG LAYING GOES OUT THE WINDOW AND CAN SOMETIMES STOP ALL TOGETHER.
Point of lay chickens at this time of year are going to either lay for you or they will just keep foraging and eating like all blimey untill the cooler months settle in, as they use the * lay time* instead for growing out.
Also the breed of chook can have an extra effect on egg layng as well. Slow growers like Plymouth Rocks take longer to lay eggs then their smaller counterparts.
Nothing to be concerned about unless your chooks appear sick.
Extra protein at this time of year untill regular laying starts is a great idea as it helps the chooks rev up for the season to come.
I agree with you chris, that watching them plod around the yard pecking at things and having a cluck is AWESOME . Try some water melon or tomatoe.. they go off their heads for it.March 8, 2009 at 7:23 am #397881
If you bought them at Point of Lay, it means they will lay soon not necessarily imediately, don’t panic it will happen.
A tip my dad told me, feed your chooks a handful of wheat each night, it stays in their craw and keep them warm through the night (helful in winter). I also feed a little kelp meal.March 8, 2009 at 10:55 am #397882
Hello ChrisL:wave:……………….chickens sold as point of lay can be anything from 12 to 20 weeks old, so if they are on the younger side then it will be a while till they lay……………usually at 20 to 22 weeks;) depending on breed. So enjoy watching them scratch around for now and they will reward you with eggs in there own good time:tup:March 10, 2009 at 6:13 am #397883
thank you for the pet food idea loris and judy b the girls made short work of catfood that otherwise would have been thrown out!:Dand lintonpair will also try watermelon and tomato-they eat everything else!:lol:
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