I recently built a new chicken coop (coop is 4x8, run is 12x8). I started off with 3 barred rock pullets (oldest around 20 weeks old at the time) and 3.5 weeks ago I purchased 4 easter egger hens and 1 easter egger rooster. I have yet to get a single egg out of any of them.
Even after almost a month when I let them out in the afternoons to free range the 3 barred rocks stay together and the 5 easter eggers stay together. They do not "socialize" with each other at all. The rooster chases the oldest barred rock (she has a fully developed and bright red comb but still not laying) but other than that not much interaction. Same in the coop on the roost. They do chase each other a little in the run during the day but nothing major.
After building a new coop I just knew that I'd have eggs within a couple of weeks. Now that it's been almost a month and I don't have a single egg to show for it I'm beginning to wonder how long this may take.
I've read countless threads on this site about stress, moving chickens, pecking order changes, feed availability (feed and water are available 24/7), daylight changes, etc.
I guess my question is this - has anyone experienced something similar, and this time of year how long should it take before I see my first egg? Can't wait for the day I open that nest box and see an egg laying in it.