How long can hens go without laying?
How Many Days Can a Chicken Go Without Laying an Egg? If your hen is broody, meaning she has fertilized eggs or thinks she does, she may not lay eggs for up to 21 days.
Why are my 5 month old chickens not laying eggs?
The most common reasons that chickens aren’t laying eggs is because they are too young, too old, the hours of daylight are too short, it is molting or the feeding is not of sufficient nutritional value.
Why is it taking so long for my chickens to lay eggs?
Check carefully for parasites, as the anemia caused by a severe infestation causes production to go away (or to delay its start). If they free range, another possibility is they might have begun laying, but could be hiding their eggs in a secret nest somewhere.
Why are my chickens not laying any eggs?
Chickens stop laying eggs for a variety of reasons. Hens may lay fewer eggs due to light, stress, poor nutrition, molt or age. Some of these reasons are natural responses, while others can be fixed with simple changes and egg laying can return to normal. If you’re a backyard chicken raiser, you’ve become accustomed to your morning routine: Wake up.
When do Hens start to lay eggs again?
Or you could just let her hatch chicks. It only takes 21 days and hens generally start laying again when the chicks are about 6 weeks old. Laying hens need a healthy, balanced diet. Too many treats or not enough vitamins, minerals or protein can cause them to stop laying eggs.
How old do chickens have to be to lay?
Chickens can lay for 5, 6 or even 7 years; I have read that hens have lived and laid past they age of 7 but it won’t be much. In larger flocks it is really hard to tell who is laying and who isn’t so many are tagged and euthanized when they hit 2 years.
What kind of light does a hen need to lay eggs?
Hens lay best when provided at least 16 hours of day light, whether natural, artificial or a combination of the two. Some flock raisers use winter as a period of rest for their hens without supplemental light.