chickens stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BullyBreedsRock, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. BullyBreedsRock

    BullyBreedsRock Out Of The Brooder

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    I started with a mated pair of Lavender Orpintons who had just turned 5 months old, My hen just started laying and was laying an egg a day and just a little while ago ( about 2 weeks ) I was given 3 easter Eggers. I quarintined the 3 for a short time ( a little over a week ) to make sure they were healthy and when I introduced them all to each other it went good, my Rooster was Stoked to say the least! The 3 Easter Eggers stopped laying when I brought them home, and I figured it was due to the stress of the move, but since I introduced them to my Orpington she has stopped laying too, so now I have 4 hens that have stopped laying. My Orpington hen seems to be a little jealous of the new hens too, everytime the roo goes near them she sprints over in front of him and tries to get his attention. Does any of this sound normal? should I seperate the hens again?
     
  2. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Chickens, and all livestock, for the most part, like routine and things being the same. It has only been a week since you changed the world of your Orp and only 2-weeks for the EEs.

    If you want to keep them all together as a flock, IMO, wait it out, until their new situation becomes the normal routine, and then everyone once adjusted will begin laying once again.

    Good luck.
     
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  3. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea my hens actually stopped laying for a week when i changed their bedding from stray to hay. They are abnormally sensitive to minor changes.
     
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  4. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Wow--- who would have thought. I guess we owners need to try to see the chicken's point of view and sympathize a little. Straw to hay and then a week of no laying. They are sensitive. And we just think nothing of making changes --- thanks for posting.
     
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  5. BullyBreedsRock

    BullyBreedsRock Out Of The Brooder

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    The girls are back to laying, or 3 of them are anyway! thanks for chilling me out you 2. I guess the lesson here is I need to practice patience more! [​IMG]
     

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