Why arent my chickens laying yet?

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Okay guys I bought these three a week and a half ago and they still aren’t laying… (Not to sure of age either) They didn’t have a really secure home till 4 days ago… I’ve been feeding them 16% with added meal worms for protein to hall lay… and still nothing ???? did I get broken chickens lol the second picture was what I thought was an egg but sadly it’s just a big poo… (is it normal looking) my mom had chickens growing up and I’ve read a lot about it but, asking always seems better!

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Vicki J. Short
Vicki J. Short

Most of the time rehomed hens need to get use to their new home and feel safe….in my experience, mine have taken up to 2-3 weeks, even longer before they lay again. As long as the ones you have were already laying.

Vicki J. Short
Vicki J. Short

do you know if they were laying when you got them? I’m sure they’ll soon feel very safe and know you love them and they will lay.

Vicki J. Short
Vicki J. Short

ha ha….that is right! I babysat for a lady’s hen while she went on vacation for 2 weeks. I didn’t let her hen mingle with mine so kept her in a special coop outdoors by herself. By the 4th day her hen started laying….an egg a day. She came back home to pick her Chickie up and I told her about the eggs. She said she had NEVER gotten an egg from her Chickie. 😀

Christine Dincik
Christine Dincik

Takes time. New place stress. But that girl in front with pale comb not right

Nicky Wayne Adams
Nicky Wayne Adams

Once they realize they are safe and your house is home they will lay. Let them explore the yard and be a chicken and they will start laying. Birds in general not just chickens need a stress free environment.

Kristin Starkey
Kristin Starkey

Check for mites/lice. Dust and deworm them. Bring pale one to a vet to check for any tumors/egg bound issues. Looks like she may need a higher protein intake from her feathers. Check their feet for scaley mites as well, spray with pam upward into the up lifted scales if there is any signs. That can cause infection too.

Kristin Starkey
Kristin Starkey

at least check for mites…..

Kristin Starkey
Kristin Starkey

scramble some eggs for the one that may be sick, and if they don’t have oyster shells you need to dry in the oven and crush some eggshells very very fine and feed it back to them. They need calcium to lay eggs, if they didn’t have access to it that can be a problem with egg production.
Do they have a nice nest area, you can put golf balls or other eggs in the nest, and that sometimes get them laying where they think someone else did first.

Stacy Fregia
Stacy Fregia

Give them more time to acclimate to the new surroundings and get used to it. Unless they’re really old or a lot younger than they look they will lay as soon as I settle down

Kristin Starkey
Kristin Starkey

And deworming and the lighting and all that is fine but the sooner they could get up in the morning and come out go back in a regular basis background check things out they’ll settle down they should be fine. Any idea how old they are some of my chickens quit looking at between seven and nine years old

Stacy Fregia
Stacy Fregia

That’s OK at this point though either late or they won’t because they’re too old you’re just not going to mind 1/2 to 3 or four a week and then to a week and then none and it’s OK I still gave them a good life

Cassie Lynne
Cassie Lynne

I agree with Kristin. The one looks to have a really pale comb/face. I would start by checking/ treating for parasites/ worms & then go from there. If they weren’t cared for very well at their previous home then it could take a bit for them to get their health up & get settled in. I would also try to provide more protein & as always, offer oyster shells on the side. Keep us posted on how they do!

Aly Lozano
Aly Lozano

The turd looks like it’s from a broody hen.. once she gets going she will start laying in a few weeks. Same with moving stress it takes a few weeks for them to start laying again.

Linda Boyd
Linda Boyd

They may be still too young, or may need nesting box in a quiet area for them to feel secure and safe. The new surrounding is a factor which they need to get used to.

Mary Coats
Mary Coats

Are they getting enough daylight. If they are in a dark coop that will be a problem. They have to have a way of knowing the sun is up and the sun is going down. If there is to much shade that will impede egg laying.