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no eggs!

Post: #263123 greenishfingers
Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:17 am

Hi,we recently bought 2 POL hens ,they are now approximately 26 weeks. One is reliably laying an egg every day,while the other has twice laid what seems to be a shell-less egg,in the middle of the garden,then ate it. This hasn't happened for abot a month no. She seems happy and healthy in every other way. Anyone have any ideas? many thanks
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Re: no eggs!

Post: #263124 Crickleymal
Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:53 am

They can be a bit erratic coming into lay. I'd try upping the calcium content of their food. Get some oystershell grit and possibly feed them cabbage leaves (a bit of a stab in the dark that one but I think that's what my wife does) or put some milk in their feed some how eg, bread soaked in milk.
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Re: no eggs!

Post: #263138 matowakan
Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:21 pm

Quite often although hens bought when POL it can often take a while for them to start laying. I have had chooks where I have had to wait 5 - 8 weeks before they start laying. Also it can depend on the breed. The hybrids will often lay earlier that some of the pure or rarer breeds.
I would give it a bit longer to see what happens.
Laying could depend on also on them getting used to a new home and weather etc etc.


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