HOMEGROWN

Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

Information

Backyard Chickens

A place to discuss and share the joy and trials of chicken raising! Share your chicken knowledge, photos, coop plans, ask questions, anything chicken related!

Members: 275
Latest Activity: Apr 1

HOMEGROWN Discussions

HOMEGROWN Eggs vs Store Bought 4 Replies

In the last 6 months there are now 4 places selling eggs.  FREE RANGE EGGS say the signs.  I am a city slicker what do i need to know about store eggs vs road side farm eggs?Storage?Do they last…Continue

Started by Joe Klinkhoff. Last reply by Joe Klinkhoff Mar 7.

Winter Chickens 11 Replies

Well, my chickens are in the bathroom for the winter. Once the water dishes started freezing up, in they went. What do you all do with yours?Continue

Started by Jana Franzen. Last reply by Jana Franzen Jan 31.

recommendations needed guinea - chickens - chicks - keets are COLD & DYING 5 Replies

I have approx. 86 chickens and 7 adult guineas.  8 little chicks and about 34 guinea keets.  They are in a very big barn that is 60' long.  They is a lot of open space.  I have 34 keets that are over…Continue

Started by Cindy. Last reply by Tasha Raymond Jan 8.

Discouraged! No eggs 11 Replies

My chickens are 6 months old now and I still have no eggs.  I have nesting boxes filled with straw in the coop.  I have put about a 1/2 a dozen guinea eggs in the boxes to show where to lay.  I have…Continue

Started by Cindy. Last reply by Eric Bateman Oct 30, 2013.

Comment Wall

Comment

You need to be a member of Backyard Chickens to add comments!

Comment by Nancy on November 12, 2011 at 10:47pm

Thank you for that info.  Well, isn't that just great.  I hate buying eggs.  I have some older hens and only one is laying.  They are not older than 2-3 yrs old.  Why would they not be laying? I would certainly dispatch them if all I am doing is feeding them. I figured it was the molt but they all look good now. Those 3 should be spitting out some eggs.  It has just not been a good Fall for us, I think.

Comment by Nancy on November 12, 2011 at 10:47pm

Thank you for that info.  Well, isn't that just great.  I hate buying eggs.  I have some older hens and only one is laying.  They are not older than 2-3 yrs old.  Why would they not be laying? I would certainly dispatch them if all I am doing is feeding them. I figured it was the molt but they all look good now. Those 3 should be spitting out some eggs.  It has just not been a good Fall for us, I think.

Comment by Nancy on November 12, 2011 at 10:47pm

Thank you for that info.  Well, isn't that just great.  I hate buying eggs.  I have some older hens and only one is laying.  They are not older than 2-3 yrs old.  Why would they not be laying? I would certainly dispatch them if all I am doing is feeding them. I figured it was the molt but they all look good now. Those 3 should be spitting out some eggs.  It has just not been a good Fall for us, I think.

Comment by Nancy on November 12, 2011 at 10:47pm

Well, isn't that just great.  I hate buying eggs.  I have some older hens and only one is laying.  They are not older than 2-3 yrs old.  Why would they not be laying? I would certainly dispatch them if all I am doing is feeding them. I figured it was the molt but they all look good now. Those 3 should be spitting out some eggs.  It has just not been a good Fall for us, I think.

Comment by Nancy on November 12, 2011 at 10:46pm

Well, isn't that just great.  I hate buying eggs.  I have some older hens and only one is laying.  They are not older than 2-3 yrs old.  Why would they not be laying? I would certainly dispatch them if all I am doing is feeding them. I figured it was the molt but they all look good now. Those 3 should be spitting out some eggs.  It has just not been a good Fall for us, I think.

Comment by Nancy on November 12, 2011 at 10:46pm

Well, isn't that just great.  I hate buying eggs.  I have some older hens and only one is laying.  They are not older than 2-3 yrs old.  Why would they not be laying? I would certainly dispatch them if all I am doing is feeding them. I figured it was the molt but they all look good now. Those 3 should be spitting out some eggs.  It has just not been a good Fall for us, I think.

Comment by Rachel Hoff on November 12, 2011 at 10:31pm

Nancy, totally normal. Those breeds generally don't start laying until they are at least 6 months old, but unfortunately the days are short now so you probably won't get eggs until Spring (they need at least 14 hours of daylight to lay). Happens to us every time we get Spring chicks. We now try to get chicks in the fall so they are laying by Summer.

Comment by Nancy on November 12, 2011 at 10:14pm

I have a question.  I have had chickens for 4-5 yrs now.  I have ordered them from day old chicks for 3 yrs. This yr, I got them in May and they have yet to lay.  2 Auracaunas, 1 black Australorp,  and 7 Buff Orpingtons.  Why have they not begun to lay yet??  I know they have gone through their molt but that has got to have ended by now. They are like 6 months old already.  If they don't start laying I'm just gonna eat 'em.  I'd really rather have the eggs! They are getting adequate food and water and in and out time, not being disrupted by anything or anyone else.  I just don't get it. Any ideas?

Comment by Erin Mitchell on July 15, 2011 at 2:22pm
Hey Rosa! Its possible that hey are re-establishing the pecking order or are too crowded. If you get them some "blue coat" (antibiotic an it covers the skin so they won't peck anymore) it should help the continuing problem. If you notice it most from one hen, separate her out and see what happens. We had to do the same with one of ours because she was attacked by a dog and got mean for a while. But my local feed store lady says that when chickens see bare skin, they continue to peck at it causing more injury. The blue coat makes them think there are still feathers and they stop pecking
Comment by Rosa couch on July 14, 2011 at 3:54pm
I have had chickens for several years now, but this year they decided to peck all the feathers from each others backs. Anyone know why they do this or how to stop it.
 

Members (275)

 
 
 

Badge

Loading…

Join us on:

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

© 2014   Created by HOMEGROWN.org.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

Community Philosphy Blog and Library