Can new chickens cause our older chicks to stop laying eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cjpines, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. cjpines

    cjpines Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 4 chickens age 10 months. They recently stopped laying. Could it be because we have introduced new chicks age 3 months to the run? Or are they molting? They are not losing any feathers.

    Is it stress?
     
  2. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be any number of reasons - I have three hens that are 1 1/2 years old, and 7 pullets that are at the point of lay. They were not combined until recently, but 2 of the 3 hens have stopped laying. One is obviously molting. The other still looks nice and fluffy, but no eggs. My RIR hen is still laying faithfully - 4 to 6 eggs per week. Barring other complications, it may simply be the shorter days that are affecting the egg laying cycle. They are a bit young to be molting, but it is possible! I doubt that it's the introduction of your chicks, other than the normal stress of integrating with new birds.
     
  3. cjpines

    cjpines Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. We'll see how it goes. No sign of molting, but maybe there is no sign at such an early age, but just hormones?
     

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