Ex battery hens not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by debsman, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. debsman

    debsman Out Of The Brooder

    31
    0
    32
    Apr 9, 2016
    Waco ky
    I have 6 ex batts that have laid only 2 eggs in 4 days. They have been regrowing feathers and are about 75% back to normal. I've heard that I leave the eggs in there that they will keep laying.
    Is this true? What else can I do to help?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    65,129
    13,010
    786
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    If you just got them, it is normal for them to go into a slump in production after changing environment. The first couple of days they will lay the eggs that were 'in process', and then they will take a break.
     
  3. debsman

    debsman Out Of The Brooder

    31
    0
    32
    Apr 9, 2016
    Waco ky
    They were rescued about a month before I got them so they have already been through a lot of changes. They had been raised in a production house in those battery cages, then to the other lady's farm, now to me.
    No doubt they are struggling some now. They seem fine except for the lack of being fully feathered and there faces looking a little pale.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    34,453
    7,666
    596
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Leaving the eggs will not prompt them to lay more, gather eggs daily.

    Leaving fake eggs/golf balls in nests will prompt them to lay in the nests tho.
     
    1 person likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by