Confused

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by countryfolk, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. countryfolk

    countryfolk New Egg

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    I picked up a flock of mixed breed chickens (9 hens 2 Roosters) a couple weeks ago. After moving them to our place I started receiving two eggs daily. 9 hens and 2 eggs. Not sure which two hens are the good guys. It's been two weeks and I would think they would be acclimated by now and all laying pretty much daily. Thoughts?
     
  2. SD Bird Lady

    SD Bird Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    With the shortened days of winter some birds just aren't laying eight now. From my 19 I'm getting 2-6 eggs a day.
     
  3. Eggmachine11

    Eggmachine11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Their adapting to the place and living ways.How old are they?
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Where are you located? It's winter dark hours here and if with you too then lighting could fix the problem. I only supplemented light to make 12 hours but many stick with 14 hours light total. Energy efficient bulb on a timer, make it secured well as coop fires are more common than they should be.
     
  5. countryfolk

    countryfolk New Egg

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    They range in age from 1 to 4. Located in St. Louis, Mo. where temps are actually in the teens right now.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Moving is a stressful thing to chickens - some more sensitive than others, it could take weeks till the others come on board, unless it is the short days that stopped them.
     
  7. Acornewell

    Acornewell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Temp and daylight...check to make sure they do not have mites or lice too. I know that keeps some from laying.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    The daylight hours are pretty short right now, which is likey preventing your birds from laying well. Only two of my four laying hens are laying right now. Also, they might still be recovering from the move. After getting stressed, they may take more than a couple of weeks to begin laying again.

    Another source of stress that could be making your birds not lay are the two roosters. Generally, you want at least eight hens, per rooster. This helps prevent overmating, damaged feathers, and stressed hens. You may want to get rid of one of the rooster, or get more hens. This could help the egg production.

    Good luck with your birds, and I hope they lay again soon!
     
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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