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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by the510flock, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. the510flock

    the510flock In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2013
    Richmond, Ca
    Greetings fellow chicken folk! In september of this year I bought 16 hatchlings,a cross breed of black langshan and iowa blue with birchen pattern. Of those 16 i kept the only 3 hens and my favorite rooster and theyve been doing very well,the girls just started laying last week!! Now heres where the problem arises:yesterday i adopted 4 older hens around 1 or 2 yrs i presume, a barred rock, arauncana, rhode island red, and a white leghorn. Apparently the previous owner says theyre not laying because its too cold rite now and that theyll start in the spring which doesnt make any sense since my little ones are laying regularly.
    What could be the issue???
    The leghorn seems to be molting but the others are active hardy and healthy. Could it be stress from moving the hens? (This is their 2nd rehoming this month)

    Thanks for your thoughts and concerns!

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  3. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

    The molting, rehoming and their age could all be factors. If they are comfortably housed, properly fed, and not stressed, I'd just give them some time.

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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
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    Yes, molting, the low light of winter, the cold and moving them will cause enough stress to stop them from laying. Give them time to adjust, finishing molting it they are and come spring you should be full up with eggs!

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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
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  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Rehoming (twice), molting, older hens taking a break, shortened day length are all most likely factors. The day length has started to increase, they will complete their molt, they will begin to feel at home, and they will lay again.


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    Sep 27, 2012
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  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow Welcome To BYC and Happy Holidays!
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