Hens stopped laying 2 days after we got rid of our rooster???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mojomamma, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. mojomamma

    mojomamma Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens finally started laying at 8 months old and have been laying for 3 weeks now almost an egg a day. We got rid of the rooster and all of them completely stopped. Have any of you had this happen? If so , how long before they lay again and is there anything I can do?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Anything that disturbs the pecking order can upset the hens and cause them to pause, re-shuffle and re-establish their society. My guess would be that normality will resume within a week to 10 days. Yes, almost everything upsets hens.
     
  3. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. mojomamma

    mojomamma Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank You!
     
  5. chickyviki

    chickyviki New Egg

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    My hens just stopped laying after I got rid of my rooster!!!
    Some of them had been laying for over a year and some had just started.
    I got rid of the rooster and everyone stopped.
    Did yours start again?
    How long did it take?
     
  6. Cochaura

    Cochaura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours stopped for a couple days after our rooster and some of the hens were killed by predators. I assume some of that was from the shock since they all witnessed the attack. They have been laying, but sporadically, since. One of my friends told me that if you put your hand on their backs and squeeze and shake a little when they squat, it can help stimulate egg production. I'm not sure if it really works, but worth a try.
     

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