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Older Hens mad at new younger hens? Help

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My hens that I have had for about a year stopped laying soon as I got new hens my new hens are 7 1/2 months old and about 5 to 7 are laying eggs a day out of 11 hens. Any ideas on getting my other hens to lay.

Happy lover of 2 roosters ( RIR) (Delware) 2 (RIR Hens) 1(Dominic Hen) 11 Buff Orpington Hens and soon to be 25 buff Orpington chicks and OMG 12 Pigs and 1 Dog named Charlie WOW alot of animals 
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Happy lover of 2 roosters ( RIR) (Delware) 2 (RIR Hens) 1(Dominic Hen) 11 Buff Orpington Hens and soon to be 25 buff Orpington chicks and OMG 12 Pigs and 1 Dog named Charlie WOW alot of animals 
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Originally Posted by zabrielle23 View Post
 

My hens that I have had for about a year stopped laying soon as I got new hens my new hens are 7 1/2 months old and about 5 to 7 are laying eggs a day out of 11 hens. Any ideas on getting my other hens to lay.


The nonlaying hens, what breed are they?  How old?  Are they molting or is there a chance they are laying outside the nest boxes?

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2 rhode island reds 1 barred rock and 1 dominic one of the rhode island reds may be but the other ones seem pretty old. Ones feet is shedding and the rhode island red that maybe molting is a year maybe when we bought her it took about two months for her to start laying her feathers seem un neat if that makes a difference the other ones are pretty normal as far as feathers go. Any advice is apreciated.

Happy lover of 2 roosters ( RIR) (Delware) 2 (RIR Hens) 1(Dominic Hen) 11 Buff Orpington Hens and soon to be 25 buff Orpington chicks and OMG 12 Pigs and 1 Dog named Charlie WOW alot of animals 
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Happy lover of 2 roosters ( RIR) (Delware) 2 (RIR Hens) 1(Dominic Hen) 11 Buff Orpington Hens and soon to be 25 buff Orpington chicks and OMG 12 Pigs and 1 Dog named Charlie WOW alot of animals 
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These are the hens that are not laying

the one looking at the camera is the youngest

Happy lover of 2 roosters ( RIR) (Delware) 2 (RIR Hens) 1(Dominic Hen) 11 Buff Orpington Hens and soon to be 25 buff Orpington chicks and OMG 12 Pigs and 1 Dog named Charlie WOW alot of animals 
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Happy lover of 2 roosters ( RIR) (Delware) 2 (RIR Hens) 1(Dominic Hen) 11 Buff Orpington Hens and soon to be 25 buff Orpington chicks and OMG 12 Pigs and 1 Dog named Charlie WOW alot of animals 
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They do appear to be in a slow molt, poorer layers take longer to molt.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

They do appear to be in a slow molt, poorer layers take longer to molt.


X2.  If a hen looks raggedy she is probably molting.  I have some molting now.  Sometimes in this time frame if they're molting they may not start laying until after the winter solstice when the days start to lengthen again.  But I certainly hope not.  I'm giving mine some dog kibble every day.  The higher protein is supposed to help them grow feathers quicker and get over the molt faster.  We'll see.

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