Adding rooster stopped egg laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kuulgrl, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. kuulgrl

    kuulgrl Out Of The Brooder

    81
    1
    43
    Oct 9, 2013
    Central Michigan
    [​IMG]

    Here's our new boy! He is young and I think still figuring out his role. LOL

    My husband would like to know, would adding him to our flock of 6 stress out our layers to stop laying?

    We were getting 3 eggs a day consistently, now we get 2. The second day he was here we didn't get any eggs. It's only been 5 days, so we're probably worrying to early. The weather is colder, days are shorter, or maybe she's doing a first year mini molt.

    Ideas?
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    34,561
    7,771
    596
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How old are your hens and how long have they been laying?
    Are you using supplemental light?
    Adding a new flock member can definitely throw things off for awhile.
     
  3. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,235
    110
    201
    Jan 16, 2012
    Texas
    If something stresses out hens, they can stop laying for days or weeks.

    Your hens are still laying eggs. They are probably slowing down because the days are getting shorter. Or they may be molting. How old are they?
     
  4. kuulgrl

    kuulgrl Out Of The Brooder

    81
    1
    43
    Oct 9, 2013
    Central Michigan

    The three that are/were laying, I'm guessing, are about 6-8 months old.

    I'm not supplementing light. Too expensive and I don't trust my electrical skill. LOL
     
  5. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,235
    110
    201
    Jan 16, 2012
    Texas
    They aren't molting at that age.

    What breed or breeds are your pullets?
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    34,561
    7,771
    596
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    They may come back into lay after they get used to that boy, pullets are more likely to lay all winter without light than older birds who might be molting, but they may not either.
     
  7. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    5,487
    1,009
    311
    Dec 25, 2012
    If you have hens older than that in that case your older hens are likely molting. They will not lay again, at least not lay much until they have grown a new set of feathers.

    When your hens heads and combs are once more as red as the head of the rooster in the photo your girls will once more lay up a storm.

    12 and preferably 14 uninterrupted hours of day light or supplemental lighting is a requirement of nature to trigger egg laying in hens. You just don't get many (or as many) eggs this time of year without it. Because you are in Michigan you get even less hours of daylight than someone say in Southern Georgia. So without more light your older hens may not get back into the swing of things before April. Sorry.
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2013
  8. kuulgrl

    kuulgrl Out Of The Brooder

    81
    1
    43
    Oct 9, 2013
    Central Michigan
    The guy I bought them from last month said they were Reds. Here is a pic of one.

    [​IMG]

    I have a couple more pics if needed.

    I'm not very worried, it's my husband I'm reassuring since we're going to have to buy some eggs. LOL

    Thanks for the replies! It sure helps to learn more. ;-)
     
  9. kuulgrl

    kuulgrl Out Of The Brooder

    81
    1
    43
    Oct 9, 2013
    Central Michigan
    [​IMG]
     
  10. MyPetNugget

    MyPetNugget Enjoying the cold!!!

    It's around the time they stop for the winter right?
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2013

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by