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hens not laying

my hens mostly hybrids haven't played in 4 months ,the hens are approximately 3 years old ,feeding layers pellets & barley ,wondering if there laying time is over ,they are finished moulding with 6 weeks ,all feathered & I've checked for lice there wormed

shannon mist
Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

It could just be the cold weather, few more weeks could bring them on.

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

The weather's very cold and wet and the days are short and dull give it a few more weeks and barley is not the best for hens no need if their on pellets anyway. 😉

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Just the time of year Iíd say

Mc fadden
Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

If you want winter eggs, get young hens or artificial light

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

You must realize hybrids are bred to lay more often than traditional breeds and when it comes to moulting it's a stressful time for all birds that moult.So they may take a bit longer to re cooperate.This was the case with Hybrids I have had in the past when compared to my traditional breeds.But you can help them along ....
1.Dose them with fenbendazole. Its good for their internals and very safe and a precautionary measure against gape worm.Three doses over the course of a week will be fine .
2.liquid vitamins for children in their food will do them a lot of good .I do this and even old hens are much livelier
3.put a light in the coop to extend extend the daylight for them.I have a light on timer which comes on at 05.30-09.00 and 16.30-20.00.
Chickens are early risers. Early bird catches the worm and all that.
4.make sure food is abundant.They need to think they can find plenty to eat.
This is what i do in mid December when moulting is well over and i always have plenty fresh eggs for Christmas .

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

I must mention usually Hybrids tend to burn out sooner than purebreds or crossbred hens so you should probably add a few new pullets to your flock this year.your hens are 3 years old and you will see a decline in eggs that are laid by them.

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

I,ve had newly bred pullets laying since the end of November,no artificial light,just plenty of greens,handfull of wheat am&pm plus pellets and plenty of fresh clean water. If you want Winter eggs you have to add new pullets to your flock every year at least thats what i,ve found.

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

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