Chicken Moved House. Won't lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bradfordann, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. bradfordann

    bradfordann New Egg

    Aug 18, 2009
    Hi from Oregon where I am a newbie chicken keeper. (And thanks to those who welcomed me to this forum a few weeks ago!)

    We have purchased 2 13-week-old pullets (a Buff Orpie and a Wyandotte) and a 23-week-old Sex Link whom we call "Queen Flora."

    Flora was laying at her (local) chicken breeder's home, started just after 21 weeks. By 22-weeks she was laying daily. We have had her for a week and she hasn't laid or shown interest in nesting and nesting boxes.

    I made certain to provide the same feed that the breeder used for continuity in their diets (layer, a bit or cracked corn for scratch now and then, shell). They browse in their yard and look for bugs and plants. My kids are allowed to give them small amounts of garden and produce scraps (peelings and "treats" such as a blackberry or two, a grape, etc.)

    They have a decent-sized coop with a roost that they seem to like, three 1'x1' nesting boxes that we fill with straw, lots of light and ventilation. Their litter is wood shavings.

    We keep things fresh and clean. These hens are very sweet and docile and like to have our company and like to be petted.

    Flora seems content and acclimated to her new home.

    Why would she stop laying? Is this chicken stress? How long would be an unusual amount of time before a "moved" hen starts laying again?


    Thanks in advance.
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    I would bet she gets settled in and resumes laying very soon.
  3. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    Are you sure she is not laying eggs omewhere in the yard???? If the stress of moving caused her to stop laying I would think she'll start up again soon...

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