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Still no eggs

Post by Taboo71 » 10 Sep 2013, 07:59

We bought a trio of silkies 2 months ago, one hen is 12 months old and the other and cock are 2 years old (all are rung). In the first week we only got 3 eggs and sadly none hatched in the incy although all were fertile. They've been broody a couple of times since but we've had no more eggs, not a single one :( . We were hoping to breed some to show next year. They're kept on their own, have a large run and a nice, clean, warm coop. Is there a reason why they are no longer laying?

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Re: Still no eggs

Post by drfish » 10 Sep 2013, 08:57

Any mites around in the coop? Easy to overlook, but can cause such issues if left untreated. Seems to be an ideal time for them to get their last 'hoorah' in before winter. My chickens haven't laid for about a month now, due to aforementioned vampires. Just clearing the last of them out now, so hopefully I'll get a few eggs in the next week or so. Sick of buying shop bought ones now.

Wipe the underside of a perch with a white tissue or kitchen roll an hour or so after the chickens have roosted. You might be surprised.
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And a lot of Ibuprofen.

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Re: Still no eggs

Post by NannyP » 10 Sep 2013, 09:27

If they've been broody twice in the couple of months that you've had them, it's unlikely they'll be laying. When a hen goes broody she stops laying for the duration of her broody state (3 weeks at best) and then for a few weeks after hatching.

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Re: Still no eggs

Post by drfish » 10 Sep 2013, 09:50

Good spot NannyP, didn't read it right the first time. broody a couple of times in 2 months will have knocked the stuffing out of them.
Giving power to politicians is like giving whiskey and car keys to a teenage boy - P. J. O'Rourke (thanks Jessie)

It's amazing that people can believe everything is predestined but they still look both ways when crossing the road - Stephen Hawking

1 Wife, 3 children, 1 Staffie Bitch (RIP Marley), 1 Chi-Chi, 1 Tuxedo Cat, 1 part Maine Coon cat, male bearded dragon, Horsefield Tortoise, 2 White Silkies, 1 Frizzle Pekin, 1 CLB, 1 Appenzeller Spitzhauben Cockerel, 1 blue laced Wyandotte, 3 Appenzeller x Wynadotte pullets, 1 Call drake, 3 khaki Campbell ducks, 4 (2 male 2 female?) Aylesbury x Campbells, a breeding colony of Dubia cockroaches.

And a lot of Ibuprofen.

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Re: Still no eggs

Post by Taboo71 » 10 Sep 2013, 20:53

Thank you

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Re: Still no eggs

Post by ladyplumber » 10 Sep 2013, 22:09

drfish wrote: broody a couple of times in 2 months will have knocked the stuffing out of them.
You said the ' S ' word !!! [-X :lol:
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Re: Still no eggs

Post by NannyP » 10 Sep 2013, 22:37

:ooo That's very bad mentioning the "S" word on a chicken forum!

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Re: Still no eggs

Post by drfish » 11 Sep 2013, 08:58

:mrgreen:

Didn't even occur to me. I had a tough day at work :grin:
Giving power to politicians is like giving whiskey and car keys to a teenage boy - P. J. O'Rourke (thanks Jessie)

It's amazing that people can believe everything is predestined but they still look both ways when crossing the road - Stephen Hawking

1 Wife, 3 children, 1 Staffie Bitch (RIP Marley), 1 Chi-Chi, 1 Tuxedo Cat, 1 part Maine Coon cat, male bearded dragon, Horsefield Tortoise, 2 White Silkies, 1 Frizzle Pekin, 1 CLB, 1 Appenzeller Spitzhauben Cockerel, 1 blue laced Wyandotte, 3 Appenzeller x Wynadotte pullets, 1 Call drake, 3 khaki Campbell ducks, 4 (2 male 2 female?) Aylesbury x Campbells, a breeding colony of Dubia cockroaches.

And a lot of Ibuprofen.

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