3 New Pullets 2 Eggs First Day None the Next 4 Weeks ????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chic-n-farmer, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    I traded for 3 Cuckoo Maran pullets at point-of-lay and a rooster. I put them in a 6x8 dog kennel for quarantine.

    Next morning there is a egg shell in the pen. My first fear was I had bought egg eaters. A couple of hours later there was another egg in the pen, intact, big relief! I was thinking maybe the first egg was trampled on as it was up against the fence. I made them a nice elevated nest box in case they did not want to use the temporary igloo dog house.

    Days, weeks, a MONTH goes by.... nothing!

    They are now in "general population" and I would know if they were laying! The eggs are vastly different than the average brown eggs my other girls lay.

    That one lovely, perfect egg, was a deep chocolate brown and still holds a place of honor in the fridge! (You can look but don't eat!)

    I know a 3 hour car ride can stress a bird, but for a month?
    These girls were just beginning to lay when I got them according to the previous owner.

    Please somebody tell me this has happened to them, too. [​IMG]
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    If you read some of the older posts here on BYC, you'll see that a month is not an unusual amount of time. A seemingly minor change in routine or location can completely stress out a hen.

    If she is getting adequate protein, vitamins, minerals, and calcium, that's half the battle.
  3. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    I am certainly no expert, but my guess would be, they were first stressed by the move and just as they were settling in, they were moved again and added to the rest of the birds. This would be stressful too as they establish pecking order, etc.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I agree with the other posts. I'm no expert either. First the ride, then the quarantine for how long?, now in with the rest of the flock. It can take a month or more before they start laying again. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Everyone here is right on track. I got 3 hens that were laying, after the move they stopped. It took 2 months to get them laying again.
  6. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Songster

    Apr 16, 2008
    Southern Iowa
    yep--me too. especially since the days are getting shorter, they may not lay again til spring. Mine didn't. Got them in Sept, no eggs till Feb.

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