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Hens not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cc0905, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. cc0905

    cc0905 Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently aquired 4 "laying hens", (2 barred rock, 2 RIR's) I've had them for a week now, they came from, what I would consider an overcrowded enviroment. They were timid the first 3 days or so and would not leave the coop, its now been a week and nothing, they are fairly large birds, I do believe they are mature and should be laying, any suggestions?
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any sort of change, even good change, causes stress for chickens. After a move it is normal for them to take some time off from laying. Don't worry. Give them some time.

    Also, chickens need a certain number of hours of light to lay. Most hens will take the winter off and not lay again until spring unless they are given some supplemental light on a timer to simulate a longer day.

    I just let mine have the winter's rest, but I don't rely on eggs for income or anything either...
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2012

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