13 new hens, 4 days and only 2 eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PineShavings, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. PineShavings

    PineShavings In the Brooder

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    I bought 13 new hens about a year old (10 red sex links/3 australorp-red sex mix) and it's been four days and have only gotten a total of two eggs. Anyone know what could be happening? I make sure they're fed properly and I lock them in the coop each night so they should know where the nesting boxes are.
     

  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing

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    Are you positive they are one year old birds and not older?

    The stress of a move will disrupt their laying for a while and they could be starting to molt. If they are out during the day when they lay, their eggs could be anywhere. I would keep them locked up for the first week while they settle in. Give them a week and you will have a better idea of what is going on.
     
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  3. mejumpmore1

    mejumpmore1 In the Brooder

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    It may just take them some time to adjust to being moved to a new location. I have purchased several adult hens and they took a little while to begin to lay. I think due in part to stress from being in a new place, working out pecking order, etc. After 1-2 weeks the adult hens began to lay and have been quite consistent since settling in.

    This is of course just my personal observation. I hope that helps.
     
  4. PineShavings

    PineShavings In the Brooder

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    Yeah, thanks for the replies. Four days might not be enough time, will give it another week then see what happens.
     

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