Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] Hen not laying

From: Fada
Sent on: Friday, March 29, 2013 7:07 AM
They are literally outside my window so if a raccoon is around they cackle immediately I hear them n chase raccoon away. 

But yea maybe I should lock them up. I can try a 2x4 and will put golf balls in boxes.

Wat do you mean my little roosts outside?

The Portobello Suites

On Mar 29, 2013, at 1:10 AM, Melina Brown <[address removed]> wrote:

Well, I would lock them up at night in their shed. They may get killed by predators if you dont. They will get used to it. They may be more comfortable on a 2 x 4 or a railroad tie than a pole to roost. Many birds want to roost outside in the spring but unless they have an enclosed flight with hardware cloth on all sides, I would put them inside their shed and shut the door. multiple hens can share a couple of boxes. It could be that she never learned that the boxes were the place to lay. You can put a fake egg or golf balls in the boxes. also put them in there regularly so the know to go there. I usually have 10 different chickens lay in one box even though they have many, many boxes! They need to be taught...do your boxes have little roosts outside?


On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 12:21 AM, Fada <[address removed]> wrote:
Thank you Melina. I will check for this.

Could it be something to do with the nest not being comfortable? She never layed in the nesting boxes and may not feel comfortable to lay anywhere since theres two additional hens. And they don't even use the pole in shed for sleeping they sleep outside on my window guard!! 

Bewildered :/ 

The Portobello Suites

On Mar 29, 2013, at 12:14 AM, Melina Brown <[address removed]> wrote:

Fada- check them very well for mites and lice. if you see no parasites, it could be a molt which can stop laying. do you see little pin feathers like points under her feathers? you may want to try worming them. 
Most chickens are lay quite a bit at this point.
If the older one is over 2 years she maybe slowing down. The younger ones need to be 19-22 weeks old to start laying.
Melina


On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM, sandi <[address removed]> wrote:
Intere as the days are longer, what age??
 

From: Fada <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, March 28,[masked]:10 AM
Subject: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] Hen not laying

Hey guys,

My hens are not laying, two of them possibly because not fully matured yet, but one if them was laying fine last year till it got very cold. Any ideas why she's not laying eggs now?

Thanks,
Fada.

The Portobello Suites
http://www.theportobellosuites.com/



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