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When will my hens start to lay again?

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I just bought 3 hens from a guy who said they are 24 weeks old.  They've been in the coop/run for a couple of days now.  I understand from reading on here the shock of the move may stop production.  How long does that usually last?  I'm ready for some fresh eggs.  big_smile  Is there anything I can or should do to get them to start laying again or do I just wait?

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Is it a guy you trust???  Not to sound negative, but some folks will try to pass older hens off as younger to get rid of them.  However, assuming that they ARE what he said, it really varies.  If they have free choice layer feed available, fresh water, oyster shell, and are comfortable in their new home, it could be two weeks.  I've read of chickens laying within a few days of being moved, and I've read of it taking almost a month.  So I'm going with the average of two weeks...lol.  Did he say whether they'd been laying for him???  Not all chickens lay by 24 weeks.  Are their combs and wattles fairly red???

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Last fall we moved our 8 pullets, 7 were laying at the time, to a larger coop we built.  They were stressed, mainly at night and laying time since they were used to their old roost and nest boxes.  However, only one stopped laying completely and went into a partial molt - she didn't lay for about 2 months.  The others were laying normally after the first week.

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Originally Posted by teach1rusl 

Is it a guy you trust???  Not to sound negative, but some folks will try to pass older hens off as younger to get rid of them.  However, assuming that they ARE what he said, it really varies.  If they have free choice layer feed available, fresh water, oyster shell, and are comfortable in their new home, it could be two weeks.  I've read of chickens laying within a few days of being moved, and I've read of it taking almost a month.  So I'm going with the average of two weeks...lol.  Did he say whether they'd been laying for him???  Not all chickens lay by 24 weeks.  Are their combs and wattles fairly red???


He's not someone I know personally, but he has been in business for a couple of years.  They do have free choice feed and water.  No oyster shell, but intend on getting some maybe this weekend.  The place I got them they were in with a lot of other hens and eggs were in the nesting boxes.  Their combs and wattles are bright red.  Thanks for the input.  Maybe it won't be too long.

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