We are very new to chickens and have just gotten two birds (about a year old). They spent a few days getting acclimated then started laying. Everything went fine until one day the coop door was left open and one of the birds managed to take off not to be found... In order to avoid kids drama we quickly replaced the missing bird with another chicken that we don't have much information on. From this point on everything went downhill. The new chicken is aggressive to kids and is not laying. The old chicken started to molt and is not laying . I get bombarded with questions why are the chickens not laying... it has been about a month I am trying to get more information if there is a way to fix it or we need to scrap this chickens and start over. I know the first chicken is capable of laying and hopefully will start laying again after molt. But the second - new chicken remains a mystery....
From what I read, the colors of feet and beak the size of the vent indicators of chicken age. I will post some pictures of the new chicken in hope that you may be able to point out if it is just too old.
Don't know what to do.... Any suggestions are welcomed