Chickens Not Laying Eggs?

Chickens Not Laying Eggs?

Anyone who raises chickens has this problem from time to time. Especially when your hens are molting or the weather gets cold. There are a few things you can do to prevent your hens from shutting down the egg factory and keep them laying eggs.

Try these tips to keep your chickens laying eggs.

You’ll be glad you did!!!

Food Matters

Make sure you give your chickens good healthy food. Make sure your mash or pellets are high enough in protein, 15% or more. Organic food is always best.

Provide a good quality scratch, with cracked corn in it in the winter. This is a good treat for the afternoon, to get them back in the coop. Corn helps them raise their body temp and keep warm.

Make sure they have access to grit for digestion if they are cooped up and oyster shell for calcium.

Give them plenty of good table scraps, greens, sprouts, etc.

On the cold mornings, give them a hot mash of pellets, hot water, oatmeal, a bit of poultry spice, garlic powder and dried peppers. It will really warm them up and get them going.

Give them some plain yogurt occasionally for good digestive health.

Pick Up Those Eggs

As it gets closer to spring, your hens will have thoughts of peeps in their heads. Make sure you gather the eggs several times a day. The eggs can freeze if you don’t collect them regularly as well.

If you want a hen to go broody, just get some fake eggs and leave those in the nest to inspire them. Golf balls, stones or toy Easter eggs work fine as well. Just something round to keep their minds on laying.

Cozy Housing

In the winter, it’s important to keep your hens warm and cozy. Normally 3-4 inches of straw, hay or wood chip on the floor is alright. In the winter make sure it is more like six to eight inches of fluffy bedding for them to scratch in and to keep their bare little toes off the cold floor. Scratching is good exercise too. It all helps.

Make sure the floor is dry under the bedding too. Check that you don’t have leaky roofs or water seeping in the chicken coop.

Extra Lighting

Commercial hatcheries know that extra hours of light help the hen produce more eggs. Hens do need a resting period, so winter is typically when they do that.

If eggs are important though, just set a timer and have lights on in the coop about 14 hours a day. The eggs will keep on coming.

Make double sure they are getting good nutrition though, so the hens don’t get run down and become susceptible to disease.

These tips to help keep your chickens laying throughout the winter months should help you get your hens back in the nests and clucking.

Happy hens lay eggs and lots of eggs make owners happy. Nice trade off.

Photo of Welsummer hen. – You lookin’ at ME?

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7 Responses to “Chickens Not Laying Eggs?”

  1. Samara Lobb says:

    Me and my wife have some space on our property that we want to use to keep some chickens. My wife is all on about how we’re going to eat our own eggs and give them to friends and all haha! She thinks it is romantic to get up in the morning and get our own eggs and what not haha. Other than eating and giving the eggs we think it is a great way for our oldest child to experience some responsibility taking care of the chickens! I am building a coop myself now and will post some pictures on the progress and final thing when it’s done. Check out our FACEBOOK page

  2. rita says:

    I GOT 2 hens that are supposed to lay brown eggs 1 week ago sunday…..so far they have only laid 2 eggs….the first 2 days and now nothing…..I get up to let them out at around 8:30 am and they have a large run that used to be a vegetable garden which is attached to a shed which is now a chicken coop with 2 nesting boxes on the floor with cedar shavings and i put hay on the floor….i am feeding them layer food, they have grit and one of those water bottles….what am i doing wrong? Our dog does run at them about once a day….if it is scaring them, will they ever get used to it? I cant get rid of my dog….what else should I do? Help

  3. Michele says:

    Ok, from 2 chickens I am getting one egg every day or two.
    Problem is I’m afraid it is stress.
    The second day we had the chichens (3) our dog killed one.
    I have been out and have made a second fence so they hang out in the garden with me.
    It seems that they are doing better but eggs are even decreasing.
    Ideas????

  4. chansenAdmin says:

    It could be stress, but egg laying does vary for many reasons, like diet, weather, moult, etc.

  5. chansenAdmin says:

    Just relax and let them get used to their area. They will lay.

  6. TK Raddatz says:

    I have chickens,150 plus that we have for production,selling.Now it seems that they have gradually stopped laying,about 6 eggs per 30 hens.Plenty of room,Cage free,fresh water,feed.Layer feed with ground corn.We bought Buff Orphingtons.They run in open fenced pasture,large coop and plenty of nests.What could I be doing wrong? Any help is appreciated.It is getting expensive to raise and feed with no egg profit,Thanks

  7. Carol Hansen says:

    It sound like you are doing everything right, but I have heard lots of people complaining that laying is decreasing lately. Who knows… GMO feeds? Lots of reasons for hens not to lay. Have you wormed your flock lately, dusted for buggies?

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