2 year olds getting a new home

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Baby Cakes, Aug 30, 2015.

  1. Baby Cakes

    Baby Cakes Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 19, 2015
    I have had my 4 Americana chickens for about 2 weeks now. I bought them from some one that was thinning out her flock. I was told the girls would be laying within the week, but so far no eggs. I looked up some info and looks like the girls have their own time table. The girls are 2 years old. How long will they keep on laying eggs until they are done or until they live their lives? I asked about molting and they went through theirs in July. They have all their feathers.
  2. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    On the average, they can start slowing down around the age of 2. Some will do well until age three, then really slow down. I have a friend that has a 4 yr. old Speckled Sussex that is almost 4, and she is still laying around 2 to 3 eggs a week. That isn't bad! Different breeds can be different ..not sure about Ameraucanas, or EE's. If you have only had them for 2 weeks now, they should start laying again soon. It takes some times for some hens to settle down after a move. Here's hoping you wake up to a beautiful blue egg or two. :)
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on Cynthia12; hens often stop laying (sometimes even for a few weeks) following the stress of a move. They should begin laying again soon, and at 2 years old you will probably get another year (possibly up to two) of decent laying from them. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is loads of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with hens resuming their laying.
  4. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    Hi, welcome to BYC!

    Moving to a new home is stressful to chickens so give them some time to settle in and get used to their new environment. Good luck with your new flock, I hope you get eggs soon (that wait can be hard).

    If you have questions, always feel free to ask.

    Thanks for joining us!
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] so glad you decided to join us.

    Hope the new gals settle in and start giving you some eggs very soon.
  6. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! Glad you are joining us!


    Hopefully once your hens have adjusted to their new surroundings they will lay for you. Moving can be a bit stressful on them.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Molting can take a lot out of hens. You may want to increase their protein uptake to help them fully recover. Moving is very stressful to chickens. Once they feel secure in their new surroundings they should start laying again.
  9. Baby Cakes

    Baby Cakes Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 19, 2015
    Thank you for the welcome! I cleaned out the coop this afternoon. I got an Omlet Eglu. All 4 of the girls were well trained about going into the house when it got dark. I decided to actually put in nest box full of pine shaving and a yellow fake Easter Egg (LOL). As of right now, I only have the coop and the coop is inside a 6x6 metal garden fence with a tarp covering half for shade and rain cover. I pre ordered a the run and frame for a later delivery date, which I'm glad that I did. One of the girl, Mary Poopins, was spotted outside of the fence and on top of the tarp. She left her mark, which my 6 year and 4 year old made a big fuss over. This is her second escape, the first being the day I brought them home. She is the most aggressive out of the 4. Thanks for the encouragement.
  10. Baby Cakes

    Baby Cakes Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 19, 2015
    How much protein? I give them 16% layer feed mixed with cracked corn, oyster shell, and granite. I also feed them scrap from our (kids) plates, which includes protein.

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