April 10, 2008 at 10:49 am #242766
Hi all, again. My chooks are STILL NOT LAYING. I am getting really frustrated, I have to say. I don’t know if they are stressed out or what the problem is. The open side of the aviary / coop faces east, so I moved the nesting boxes so they face north so they don’t get full morning sun. I put clean straw in and a golf ball to mimic an egg, but to no avail. Unless the chooks were much younger than I thought, I don’t know what else to do. I let them out to free range in the back yard at about 7am and lock them in when they roost when it gets dark. There are definately no eggs in the garden or yard. I kept them locked up over Easter, but no eggs.
Should I keep them cooped until they start laying in case there is something spooking them during the day?? I will feel pretty mean doing so because I know they love roaming around the yard during the day.
I bought a new bag of mash today and asked the produce staff and all they had to say was ‘have you wormed them’. Is this something I need to do to encourage laying?? I have the worming solution, but I haven’t added it to the water yet because they came vacinated and wormed.
Any advice most welcomed.
Frustrated RussellApril 10, 2008 at 11:25 am #334496
Russell, I understand your frustration but trust me… they will lay eventually.
Maybe they weren’t quite ready to lay when you bought them.
Getting anxious won’t help you or the chooks & I probably wouldn’t make to many changes to their routine that they are used to right now or you could put them off laying even longer!April 10, 2008 at 11:26 am #334497
i am definitely no chook expert – have only had my first chooks for 8 weeks – mine were “point of lay” when I bought them and only one of my chooks started to lay last week… mine were a lot younger…. how long have you had your chooks for? The crest on their head and the wobbly bit (sorry don’t know the correct name!) need to be quite big….
ummmm sorry cant be much help at all… I have read tho that hens do like privacy to lay so perhaps that is something to consider? we have a dog kennel thing that my one (at the moment) lays in – tried the grass collector bit of the mower but they just aren’t interested – even with the dummy egg…
hey maybe that is something you can try – a dummy egg – in the nest box.. I bought one but you could make one by painting an egg shaped stone white and leaving it there for them…? sorry cant be more helpful…April 10, 2008 at 11:27 am #334498
you can let them out later in the day/afternoon if you want to be sure they are not nesting in the garden (they are very good at hiding their nests sometimes)
but most of all, you will have to be patient and wait. Ours took 4 weeks to start laying after we got them at point of lay. They are not egg-laying machines, you will get two to four eggs each day from four chooks. Just be patient, they will lay eventually.April 10, 2008 at 10:48 pm #334499
Thanks all. To answer some of the questions, I purchased them on the 1st of March. One of the hens has a big red prominant comb, two others are medium and the newest chook (the replacement for the hen turned rooster I returned) has a very small comb. Legs are a good yellow colour and they all seem happy.
They certainly have a healthy appetite, both quality and quantity. Is the worming thing an issue??
RussellApril 11, 2008 at 4:36 am #334500
Our ‘point of lays’ took about 5-6 weeks to lay. It just depends on the breed and how young they are. But yes it does seem to take an age when you are waiting for that first egg!
You can worm your hens with a dash of cider vinegar in the water or garlic seeped in their water, just 1 clove per chook is enough.
Either of these are a great tonic for hens regardless if they need worming or not. Generally I pop this in their water around the full moon for 3 or 4 days (folklaw says worms are most active on a full moon) If you are concerned about worms I’d try this.
Also you said you had some wormer is there a withholding period on the eggs with it? Often there is with commercial products.
Also long as they are getting access to shell grit and plenty of greens, I think you will have to play the waiting game. Sorry I can’t be of much more help. Emily
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