chicken and duck crazy

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mary gott, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. mary gott

    mary gott New Egg

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    hello my name is maryann and i am new to this site. I Have been raising chickens and ducks for 1 week now and i only got 3 eggs. I am trying so hard to make them happy but not sure whats wrong. They have a big coop and good size fenced in yard to run. They eat very well. Should i be doing something else? My ducks are not laying and their 17 weeks what should i do to help them along. And atleast 17 of my chickens are not laying and their all ages from 6 months to 3 years HELP
     
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  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  3. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

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    Hi and [​IMG] Glad you joined the flock! Very happy to have you! Congrats on chicken and duck keeping!! Are you sure your chickens aren't happy? Sometimes if they don't get the nest they want, or a chicken higher in the pecking order gets something they want they can complain. If they have a large coop and run, and are eating fine they are probably content. Have a great time on here! Enjoy! [​IMG]
     
  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
     
  5. mary gott

    mary gott New Egg

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    thanks can you give me any advice
     
  6. mary gott

    mary gott New Egg

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    they have a huge coop with 5 nesting boxes and a huge run fenced in area. I give them their feed and fresh fruits and vegs plus meal worms.lots of fresh water too. I have had them only a week . they were given to me so i was wondering where their in a different place can that effect them
     
  7. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


    A move can definitely effect a hen's laying cycle. The stress of a new environment will often cause them to cease laying for several weeks or even months. Additionally, it's molting season - mature hens who are molting will not lay until they are finished. It's also getting into a colder time of year with fewer hours of daylight. You're likely seeing the result of a combination of factors.
     
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Mary, and :welcome. Pleased you joined our flock! Hope your girls get back to laying soon!
     
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Chickens are easily stressed especially by changes - you have only had them a week and their lives changed completely. They were used to some routine etc. and now everything is different.

    Once they feel secure in their new home they will start being regular chickens again.
     
  10. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
     

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