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We just got our first backyard chickens and my husband had a piece of dowboard laying against the chicken coup.  We noticed one day that they had been pecking/eating it.  Now they are not laying eggs.  What should we do?  We don't know if they is the reason why they are not laying.  We can't tell if they have passed the dowboard but it has been over a week so I would think so.

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I swear, what is it with chickens and styrofoam!

If you're seeing normal droppings, then I would doubt that they have any left in their systems as the gizzard should have pulverized it enough to pass. It's difficult to tell if the dowboard is to blame for the drop in egg production or it was coincidental.
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Originally Posted by Beth King View Post
 

We just got our first backyard chickens and my husband had a piece of dowboard laying against the chicken coup.  We noticed one day that they had been pecking/eating it.  Now they are not laying eggs.  What should we do?  We don't know if they is the reason why they are not laying.  We can't tell if they have passed the dowboard but it has been over a week so I would think so.

How long has it been since you got them?

Were they laying before you got them? (How old are they?)

If they are new to you and are in a new environment it is not uncommon for hens to quit laying for a period of time due to stress.

They may have even laid and egg when they arrived because one was already in the "works". Give them some adjustment time, when they become more comfortable with their new home they will settle in and start laying.

 

P.S. Welcome! :welcome

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Thank you!! We have had them about two weeks and they are still laying a egg or two just about every other day.  The most they have laid in one day since we have had them is 3.  They are two years old and since they are in a new place maybe it is stress.  They seem to be very healthy and are very vocal.

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Thank you!! We have had them about two weeks and they are still laying a egg or two just about every other day.  The most they have laid in one day since we have had them is 3.  They are two years old and since they are in a new place maybe it is stress.  They seem to be very healthy and are very vocal.

With their age and being new to you they are most likely a bit stressed.

Days are getting longer (more light) and older hens will start gearing up to lay a bit more.

Vocal is a good thing IMO :D I love to hear them.

Just provide fresh water, a good layer or all flock feed, oyster shells free choice, grit, a few goodies (fruits, veggies) and you will have some happy girls.

Good Luck, Hope you continue to enjoy your new flock.

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