Egg laying reduced with new bird addition

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by petalumapaul, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. petalumapaul

    petalumapaul Out Of The Brooder

    I had seven hens, and was getting about four eggs a day.
    Neighbor gave me her three hens. Now with ten hens I'm getting about two eggs a day.

    Introduction seem to be going well. Plenty of space. My chicken run is 50 feet long and 15 feet wide. Plenty of space for them to avoid confrontation.

    Any idea how long it will take to get back a reasonable egg production?
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    How long have you had them integrated?
     
  3. petalumapaul

    petalumapaul Out Of The Brooder

    They have been integrated for about ten days so far.
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Usually when you combine birds you will have some disruption. Sometimes things settle down in a week or two, other times the changes throw some birds into a molt, and they will not start laying again until the molt is over. Hopefully they will all settle in soon.
     

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