Do hens not lay if there is a chicken that attacks them?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ScottsChicks9, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. ScottsChicks9

    ScottsChicks9 New Egg

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    I originally had three chickens (2 hens & a rooster) about 5-6 months old & haven't started laying. So I went out and purchased three hens that were laying and I got three eggs the first day and the next day I got no eggs and haven't got anymore since but I have noticed that one of my original hens keeps attacking my three new hens, would this have anything to do with them not laying?
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Stress is always a negative influence on productivity and health.

    But moving chooks from one location to another can also stop them laying, and introducing them to one another immediately without a week's separation on average creates much more stress as well. They benefit from having time to observe one another from a distance rather than having strange chickens just appear in their territory; it's upsetting for both the original chickens and the newcomers.

    Also, there's always a good chance they've just brought new diseases to your place as well as having been exposed to new diseases by coming to your place, so their immune systems will be requiring resources otherwise dedicated to productivity.

    Best wishes.
     
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    The original pullet is trying to put or keep the new hens in their place. That place is below your original pullet in the pecking order. They may get over it or they may never reconcile. As long as no blood is being spilled allow them time to work it out between themselves. I will guarantee you this however, chickens in general and hens in particular know a whole lot more about what's happening around them than you or I will ever learn
     
  4. ScottsChicks9

    ScottsChicks9 New Egg

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    Thank you very much!
     

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