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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sdetwiler333, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. sdetwiler333

    sdetwiler333 In the Brooder

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    I got my birds last Sunday 9-7-14 they are 2 years old I have 6 hens and a rooster, but am only getting like 1 egg per day. I know the move can be stressful for them, & we just read this morning that I might not have been feeding them enough. Any ideas, input on hoe I can get them going again? You can search my other posts to find pics of the birds the coop etc. I am currently feeding them Nutreana layer feed 16/00 crumble along with some bread, lawn clippings etc. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    It's that time of year when many breeds slow down for winter and/or a molt. Just keep feeding good nutrition and wait them out. Most will start again once the days get longer again.
     
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Yes moving can differently stress them out. Lack of food, water and calcium can also cause a drop in egg production. But molting, like gritsar, said, can also be the cause of this drop. Are there feathers laying around the coop? If so, then the chickens are molting. Don't expect eggs for at least a month.
     
  4. sdetwiler333

    sdetwiler333 In the Brooder

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    I am not seeing feather laying about in the coop, and for the most part, they seem content.
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Chickens do not like to be moved and can stop laying for a month. So keep them on a good diet, limit the treats for a while so they are eating properly, keep the stress down in and around the coop, move slowly around them and talk quietly to them. Go sit with them for 20 mins a day. Reassure them that all is well. They should start laying soon. However should they be going through a molt, then they can stop laying until they have regrown all their feathers.

    Here is a nice thread on why my chickens are not laying that might help you out...https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/423023/why-arent-my-chickens-laying-here-are-your-answers

    Enjoy your new flock! They should come around soon! :)
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    You've received some good advice already!
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     

  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. sdetwiler333

    sdetwiler333 In the Brooder

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    Thank you, it's good to be here.
     
  10. sdetwiler333

    sdetwiler333 In the Brooder

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    Thanl you, I know I'll be spending a lot of time here. So much to learn.
     

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