Chickens Not Laying Eggs!

Chickens Not Laying Eggs

Chickens not laying eggsWe went on a little mini vacation for about 4 days a few weeks ago and I asked one of my neighbors to check our coop and get the eggs. Naturally I told them they could keep whatever eggs they found. Seemed like a pretty decent deal for them and me and has the added plus of their small children really like doing it. We have 5 hens and normally we get 4 to 5 eggs a day and have been pretty much since they started laying. So imagine my surprise when we got back and the neighbor told me …. your chickens not laying!

Why Are My Chickens Not Laying Eggs?

Yep, it’s true, while we were gone they only laid 1 egg. And worse than that, they haven’t laid an egg for over two weeks now. Why are my chickens not laying eggs? I don’t have the foggiest! But it sure is a bummer! I’ve asked around to some friends that have had chickens and also to some friends who grew up raising chickens and I’ve also searched around on the internet. I’ve gotten several different answers and quite honestly I don’t think any of the answers are very good.

I’ve had folks tell me it’s because the days are getting shorter. Well, I hate to tell you this but another friend of mine that has chickens only lives about 4 miles from me and her days are pretty much the same length as mine and her chickens are still laying eggs. Another answer I’ve gotten is that they’re not getting enough light – Again, I’m not buying that, their coop windows are large and get plenty of light in. In addition, the coop door is always open to the run and the chickens are out a good portion of the day getting light. Other folks have said that my chickens not laying eggs because they’re stressed out – Ha! The little buggers have nothing to stress about, nice coop, nice run, plenty of food, ) good feed too, not just what they can scratch up),  plenty of fresh water, coop is cleaned often, they don’t have to get up and go to work, No rooster or dog chasing them! If only I had such a stress free life! LOL    And they get to laugh at me for buying feed and eggs! I told one of my neighbors that my chickens not laying eggs and he very matter of factly said “Time to cook them for dinner!” – I’m sure the Colonel would agree but unfortunately my six year old twins have pretty much made pets of these little hens and I don’t think that would go over too well! LOL

If you have any ideas why my chickens are on strike I sure would appreciate you dropping me a note and letting me know!

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  2. Did you ever find out what the problem was? How long did the laying strike last? We are having the same problem. We think they stopped laying when one of our chickens became broody. My children weren’t as diligent about picking up eggs and before we knew it Luna was laying on any and all the the eggs. Now our other two are laying in the box (even if there isn’t any egg). But none of our three Ameraucana are laying. We have one more, a Rhode Island Red and she is still laying. I’d love some insight, if you have any clues what happened. Thanks!

    • Hi Elise, Yes, I think I did…. I did a lot of searching on the internet and from everything I could find it appears that hens need around 12 to 14 hours of daylight to lay. (I shouldn’t say daylight, I should say light). Now, my hens all quit laying at the same time and it just so happened that they quit laying at the time change. I guess they must have been getting just enough light prior to the time change but with the days actually getting shorter and then losing an hour on the clock they just quit completely.

      I hooked up a cheap incandescent bulb socket and put a energy efficient bulb in it (you know, the kind that looks a bit like a corkscrew?) and wired it up. I put it on a cheap timer (about $6 at Walmart) and made sure they were getting light for at least 14 hours a day and two days later they were back in full production and they haven’t slowed down since. Hope that helps, I know I was really getting upset when mine quit because I had spent a lot of money building the coop, constructing a run, feeder, waterer, etc. etc. etc.

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