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Starting a new flock with chickens that are already laying?

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I hear many people talk about buying egg layers to start their flocks and then there is a long delay before they start laying again.  Is there a general rule of thumb about how long it takes these birds to get comfortable enough to begin laying again after being moved to a new environment?

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It's hard to say, as they are all different. I would say a rough guesstimate would be anywhere from a week to a month. 

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Whenever I have gotten layers, they will lay immediately within 24 hours, and then they might take a few days off, and then start laying again.

 

The short days of winter may be affecting their laying, but I am much farther north than Texas, and my day length is getting lone enough that more of mine are laying.

 

If you bought layers - hope you didn't get really old hens who might be done laying.

 

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I hear many people talk about buying egg layers to start their flocks and then there is a long delay before they start laying again.  Is there a general rule of thumb about how long it takes these birds to get comfortable enough to begin laying again after being moved to a new environment?

I started with a mixed age flock 5 layers, 1 cock @ around 2 years old..... 3 pullets,1 cockerel @ around 3-4 months old.

They laid, and kept laying, the second day I had them....the cock showed them the nests.

Was great, except for the lice and leg mites they brought with them.


Edited by aart - 2/1/16 at 6:14am

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Another potential problem is that chickens have a natural laying cycle. The natural cycle is that they lay well in the spring, summer, and maybe early fall, but then the stop laying, molt, and recharge their system when the days get shorter. The in the spring when days get longer they start the laying cycle again. A lot of people manipulate that natural cycle by managing the lights, so this is not just seasonal.

You still have to take care of chickens and feed them whether they are laying or not. Some people don’t want to spend their time and money taking care on hens that are not laying, so they sell them. Let the new owner pay for the food and spend the time and effort managing them while they start on a new flock. This can take months and it can be any time of the year, depending on how the lights have been managed.

As others have pointed out, sometimes there is practically no drop-off or they get over it pretty quickly. Sometimes it takes a while, days, weeks, or even months. It’s hard to come up with an average that covers all cases.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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