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I had10 Hens that was laying every day and I added 15 more. Now it has been a week and "NO" eggs it is because I added?

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You just answered your own question....You upset the pecking order and caused some stress...In due time they will start laying again. Nothing to worry about. Put some ACV. In their water for a few days. They will be fine.

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Yep. Chickens will stop laying for three main reasons: stress, lack of daylight, or they are simply too old. In your case, it is stress. They'll be okay and will start laying again soon. What you can do is just make sure no one is being picked on too badly and ensure that there are two feeding and watering stations to cut down on stress. This will let the "old" flock eat and drink in one place and the "new" in another which will make life easier for both sets of chickens. Hope it works out!
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After completely redoing my flock (raccoon attack), I now have: Ida the ISA Brown, Buffy the Buff Orpington, Velma the Barnevelder, Daphne the Rhode Island Red, and Bonnie the Blue Wheaten Ameraucana.
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Welcome to BYC!!

 

Yup, stress will cause those egg pipes to shut down for a while. It'll probably take quite a while for them to begin laying regularly again. 

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"Let God have you and let God love you. And don’t be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you’ve never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before.” -Max Lucado

"You have searched me, Lord and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways." -Psalm 139:1-3
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How much space do you have for these 25 birds?

How did you introduce them?

If you live in a hot area, skip the ACV.

Do you free range? They may be laying out in range area.

Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 3-4 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests.  Fake eggs/golf balls in the nests can help 'show' them were to lay. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.

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!!!

 

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"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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