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4 chickens and 1 egg

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by J3ffr3y, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. J3ffr3y

    J3ffr3y Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to chickens and still don't know what I'm doing. I got 4 Rhode Island Reds. I have had them for a week now. I have only gotten one egg a day for the last 5 days. Is there a way to tell which chicken is laying the eggs?
     
  2. J3ffr3y

    J3ffr3y Out Of The Brooder

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    Why are the other chickens not laying eggs?
     
  3. sawilliams

    sawilliams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This would be best in chicken behavior and egg laying

    But here's my input.

    1 how old are they?
    2 do they have brightly colored combs?
    3 do any appear stressed or ill?

    I have 6 mixed hens 2 are laying 2 are of age but pale combs and 2 are younger. Best bet is time it took 2 weeks after bringing 5 home to the 1 already established before we got a second egg. I have one pullet starting to come into her colors and am going for my 3rd layer soon. We have had to make adjustments to our coop to help with stress including and extra roosting bar for space.

    Also I've seen comments that worms and other illnesses will effect laying ability.

    Best bet if they seem happy and healthy give then time.
     
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  4. J3ffr3y

    J3ffr3y Out Of The Brooder

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    Over a year old
     
  5. sawilliams

    sawilliams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also consider they might be on a down slope if it's winter hours for you. Perhaps look into worming then just incase and watch for other signs of stress or health.

    I don't know if it was season or becuase of the move but 3 of my 5 went into a molt shortly after the move. I think 1 was molting already but the other 2 I consider stress molting. Eitherway, it can delay egg production too.
     
  6. J3ffr3y

    J3ffr3y Out Of The Brooder

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    How would I know if they are molting?
     
  7. Skylercarr

    Skylercarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will start to lose all their feathers. So if you see feathers all over the ground they are probably molting. They may not be laying because hens need 14 hours of light to lay an egg. So you may want to put a light in your coop.
     
  8. sawilliams

    sawilliams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed the one was molting soon as I took her out of the crate to put her in the coop, there were a few feathers in the crate and some almost seemed to fall off in my hands. In the coop the first few nights I suddenly had a storm of feathers on the ground, after about the second or third day I started seeing not only the ones brown feathers but another's white feathers, and again a few days later solid black feathers. My girls are mixed breeds and all different colors so it's easy to see who is who. The brown of the 3 stared getting a few bare spots but nothing really noticeable unless you picked her up and looked. The other 2 seem to be much slower at molting as I never see bald spots but can find pin feathers on the girls. Pin feathers look very much like the ink tube you pull out of an ink pen, and as they get bigger it's a sleeve the new feather grows in till its developed. The one that was molting first was also much more aggressive when being handled, given none of the 5 are really use to handling but we nicknamed her bitey for the first few days tile we agreed on names. My understanding is the pen feathers can make them very uncomfortable especially when touched or handled, I try to imagine the needle in your arm when you get blood drawn.

    Eitherway Henrietta might have been towards the end of her molt as about the same time she decided to start laying I was seeing less and less of her feathers in the coop.

    I'm not sure on timing but it seems in general most chickens will molt late fall early winter, to have a new healthy layer for feathers to insulate through the cold months
     
  9. J3ffr3y

    J3ffr3y Out Of The Brooder

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    One have a very bright comb and sticking up. The other are looking dry and small kind of folded over
     
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  10. sawilliams

    sawilliams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that there might be the issue, a dull comb means not ready to lay. I would need to research more of their combs go pale while molting or stressed. But untill thier combs come bright red just hang in there a while longer
     

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