Chooks moved home....and stopped laying!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Taraholland, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Taraholland

    Taraholland New Egg

    Jan 23, 2013
    I've just joined the site (hi all!) and would love some advice and pearls of wisdom from you experienced chicken owners! We have just inherited two gorgeous girls-Plymouth Barred Rocks- who are 2 years old. My friend, their owner, is travelling overseas for a year and we are the lucky new foster parents! We moved their entire setup here (coop and run) 5 days ago and since then neither have laid.They are having plenty of free roaming time and lots of yummy food scraps and seem very happy! I imagine they are simply settling into their new rhythm and will come right soon- but my children are desperate to discover an egg in the morning when they run out to check.. and have, thus far, been disappointed! My friend said that, on average , each chicken lays about 5 eggs per week.
    I believe one of the girls was/is broody and hadn't laid for about a week prior to coming to us. My question is: How long should we expect no eggs for? Thanks!
  2. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2011
    Hello and welcome to the BYC flock! Well if she is truly broody and just hasn't stopped laying for the winter, it takes 21 days for chicken eggs to hatch, plus another 6-8 weeks before they leave the nest soooo... quite a while yet. If she just stopped laying for winter, she should start up again once the weather is warmer. Good luck with your new girls!
  3. Taraholland

    Taraholland New Egg

    Jan 23, 2013
    I should have said; we are in New Zealand so in the height of summer! Also she can't actually be broody as she has never met a rooster!!! However, my friend said that chickens can become 'broody' every now and then and think they are 'expecting' which lasts for a few weeks and then they start laying again. I am a novice, so have no idea - except I know out spayed bunny (who has never had a romance either!) makes a nest using her fur every now and then and her behaviour changes for short periods of time, then she 'comes right' again.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Hens don't need no stinkin' roosters to go broody. They just need to hatch sumpin' - so some folks buy fertilized eggs for 'em to incubate and hatch.
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Being moved is stressful for chickens, so they won't lay for awhile, unfortunately. It can take a few weeks for them to settle in at their new home. Apple Cider Vinegar helps with stress though. Maybe try that? The ratio is 4-5 tablespoons per gallon water. Good luck and hope your kids find an eggs soon!
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  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, TaraHolland, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! I agree with the advice of sumi - the move was most likely stressful - they will lay soon. Best of luck to you!
  7. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!!! Glad you joined.
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  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. I agree as well. :thumbsup
  9. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2012
    Are you sure they aren't laying somewhere else? I only ask because I have been waiting and waiting on a hen we got to lay, and today I found her We bought her as a mama hen with 7 chicks that are now almost 5 months old and she still hadn't gone back to laying...then finally the other day there was a tiny egg in the nest box, and then today I found her sitting on a nest under the stairs...So. look all around, but I wouldn't worry too much. The eggs will come.
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  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Chickens hate change. The move has set them off - if they don't go into a molt, they should resume egg laying within a month. [​IMG]

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