One of the best reasons to keep chickens is so you’ll have fresh eggs for you and your family. But of course, this is only if your chickens are actually laying eggs. What if your chickens aren’t laying eggs? You’ll be glad to hear that there are steps you can take to turn this around.
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Keep in mind that some chickens are simply too old or too young to lay eggs. Most chickens will begin laying eggs at around 18 weeks of age, and they’ll quit laying eggs around 6 to 7 years of age. But if you can verify that your chickens are neither too old nor too young, there are other troubleshooting methods to explore.
This video by Becky’s Homestead discusses the top five things to try if your chickens won’t lay eggs. Here’s a brief summary…
1. Are They Getting Enough To Eat?
Bread and whole corn will really bring a chicken around if they are having trouble laying eggs. It’s very important to ensure that chickens are well fed.
2. Do They Have a Cozy & Private Nesting Box?
Hens in particular are very sensitive to stress, and it is of vital importance for them to be comfortable in order to lay eggs. Give your chicken a cozy, quiet, and heated nest box.
3. Worm Your Chickens With Diatomaceous Earth
Add a quarter cup of diatomaceous earth to your chicken’s automatic feeder and mix it in thoroughly with the feeder. This will ensure that your chickens will be dewormed and greatly increase the odds of them laying eggs.
4. Make Sure Your Chickens Have Grit
Grit contains calcium, which helps the chickens’ muscles contract so they can properly squeeze out the eggs. Natural grit basically consists of pebbles and coarse sand that chickens can eat while they are pecking away at the ground.
5. Remove All Stress From Your Coop
Do not allow dogs or kids to chase chickens, ensure no predators are stalking the chickens at night, set up the coop a ways away from any loud noises, and so on. Chickens need to be stress-free in order to be happy and lay eggs.
For a more detailed discussion with bonus tips, check out the video by Becky’s Homestead below: