Added new hen, now the others aren't laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joskt0204, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. joskt0204

    joskt0204 Out Of The Brooder

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    My two hens, who will be a year old next month, have been laying most every day all winter. We added a third hen about a week ago, and since the day after adding her, nobody has laid an egg. Is it an adjustment to the new hen, or did the (evil) new hen teach them to lay outside the coop?
     
  2. lillylsj

    lillylsj Out Of The Brooder

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    they probably are upset about the new hen
     
  3. kdem

    kdem New Egg

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    I just added a 10 week old pullet to my flock of 4 layers and I had a lull for a few days. They will resume laying as soon as they don't care about the new guy so much.

    (I registered just so I could answer your question.)
     
  4. joskt0204

    joskt0204 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I sure hope that is it. I miss my eggs every day.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Chickens hate change. Every time you disrupt their normal routine, they will quit laying. It usually only lasts a week or so. (unless the stress puts them into a molt)
     

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