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Will moving hens make them stop laying?

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I was planning on ordering some chicks from a hatchery in a few months and raising them, but yesterday I saw an ad on craigslist about some chickens for sale...I called the number and found out a lady here is getting rid of the last of her mixed breed Easter Eggers at $3 apiece since she's sick of just watching the coyotes dig under her fences and eat them. I'm going to go pick up the last few left tomorrow, four hens and a rooster! She says some of them are half banty, so they are small, but they lay good, and the eggs are blue and green, and that's what counts for me!

I've never bought adult hens already laying, just chicks. Will moving the hens to a new home possibly make them stop laying for a while, or should they just keep going like normal?

Currently chicken-less, hoping to get a fresh start soon.
My wish-list: Old English Game Bantams, American Game, D'uccles, Japanese Bantams, Bantam Cornish, Large Fowl Cornish, Lakenvelders, Welsummers, Kraienkoppen, Andalusians, Speckled Sussex, Cubalaya, Sumatra, Easter Egger (large and bantam), Orpingtons, Iowa Blue, Marans...I think I'm going to need a lot of pens!
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Currently chicken-less, hoping to get a fresh start soon.
My wish-list: Old English Game Bantams, American Game, D'uccles, Japanese Bantams, Bantam Cornish, Large Fowl Cornish, Lakenvelders, Welsummers, Kraienkoppen, Andalusians, Speckled Sussex, Cubalaya, Sumatra, Easter Egger (large and bantam), Orpingtons, Iowa Blue, Marans...I think I'm going to need a lot of pens!
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From my experience they will either stop all together or slow way down. When they get comfortable in their new surroundings they will pick back up. Good luck!

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I have heard that by moving hens who are laying may stop for a few days once moved, this is normal. Once they are adjusted to you and your place they will go back to laying!

Hi, I am Debbie! I have a DH, 5 children, 7 grandchildren, I'm a quilter, I have 2 chihuahuas, 1 cat and not enough chickens at the present time.
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Hi, I am Debbie! I have a DH, 5 children, 7 grandchildren, I'm a quilter, I have 2 chihuahuas, 1 cat and not enough chickens at the present time.
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They have all stopped for me, then picked back up a couple weeks later.

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Please quarantine them before adding them to your flock. I've just read so many horror stories. I want your story to have a happy ending with lots-o pretty colored eggs!

Laura

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Actually, my EE laid for a few days and then quit.  It was several weeks before she started laying again but then I got an egg a day.  Good luck with your new birds! welcome-byc

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Farmer in the Making  
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My neighbor has just bought a new barred rock pullet. Roxy laid an egg in the car on the two hour drive home, and has carried on laying every day. Guess it depends on the temperament of the bird.

I have Henrietta, an  Australorp bantam, Hannah, a cuckoo x partridge wyandotte bantam. And the Araucana X Pekin girls, Anna and Alice.
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I have Henrietta, an  Australorp bantam, Hannah, a cuckoo x partridge wyandotte bantam. And the Araucana X Pekin girls, Anna and Alice.
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I brought home 2 Black sex link hens, that had stopped laying due to stress (dog attacked & killed Flock mates). They weren't here 3 days and were laying for me.

We only have Large Fowl: Light Brahma, Barred Rock,  NHR, Black Sex Link, EE, Light Brahma x Barred Rock (F1) Columbian Rocks
2 Rottweilers, 1 newfie cross!  Exotic Aviary, & Betta Fish. http://rtpoultrynthings.weebly.com/   http://www.facebook.com/RonnyTaylor
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We only have Large Fowl: Light Brahma, Barred Rock,  NHR, Black Sex Link, EE, Light Brahma x Barred Rock (F1) Columbian Rocks
2 Rottweilers, 1 newfie cross!  Exotic Aviary, & Betta Fish. http://rtpoultrynthings.weebly.com/   http://www.facebook.com/RonnyTaylor
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This is my experience too. We have just rescued 2 chickens (don't have any others) and they have stopped laying. We're patiently waiting. One hen is happy as a lark, one won't come out of the coop into the pen. Any ideas there?

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Our flock started with 2 hand-me-down hens and one stray that had taken up with the neighbor's dog (it really was cute to watch, but they didn't appreciate all the . . . . . fertilizer!)
All three layed the next day, we rehomed them in the evening.  But, I think they each felt like they went from so-so living situation to having it pretty great.  A warm, dry coop with fresh bedding and nest boxes, a big, safe run and of course, some "welcome to your new home" treats smile

kat - wife to Tim, mom to 3 kiddos (DS 20, DD 18, & DD 15 - the 4H member)  Our flock is made up of Polish, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, a handful of brown egg layers, and we just added 5 Mottled Houdan chicks! - - avid quilter, canner, and homemaker :0)
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kat - wife to Tim, mom to 3 kiddos (DS 20, DD 18, & DD 15 - the 4H member)  Our flock is made up of Polish, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, a handful of brown egg layers, and we just added 5 Mottled Houdan chicks! - - avid quilter, canner, and homemaker :0)
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