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I got some year old hens last week but only one is laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BlaineWillard, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. BlaineWillard

    BlaineWillard Chirping

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    i got some year old hens last week but only one of them is laying. the others have made nest in the nesting boxes but no eggs. i have 2 RIR and 2 blask astroslopes. only one of the black astrosplopes are laying so far. is there somthing i can do to get them to start laying?
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Practice a little patience. Any change in location, like a move, will upset a hen's laying. Chickens don't handle change well. They are slow to adapt. Give 'em a couple more weeks before trying to "induce" any laying.
     
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Don't worry, that is normal. When a hen is moved to a new home, she will take some time--it could be a few weeks, to relax and become used to her new surroundings. Sometimes they lay at first, because there was an egg in their system already, and then they take a break for two weeks or so......

    They should be laying again once they calm down and adapt.
     
  4. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

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    Thye need time to readjust.. Most older birds I have bought have taken a week or to two start to lay .. NOw i almost always get atleast one egg the first day or two but those are eggs that where already developed inside the hen.. i say give em a week or so lots of treats and some quiet time to get used toi their surrondings
     
  5. BlaineWillard

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    ok thanks for the help i am kind of new to all of this. i was just wanting to find out if it was normal, i guess i just got to wait now.
     
  6. bywaterdog

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    I agree with all of the above replies and would add extreme heat. Chickens lay poorly in very hot weather, depending on your location this could be a contributing factor. The heat index today is 110 and my girls (14 of em) laid 5 eggs, usually 10-12 in the summer.
     
  7. BlaineWillard

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    i live in nc it was about 95 here today but it has been hot for about a week .
     
  8. Brown Farmer

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    If heat is the problem, it is because chickens eat till they meet their energy requirement. In hot weather they require more protein in the limited ration they consume.
     

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