Is it normal...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by no roosters, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. no roosters

    no roosters Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2011
    Is it normal for pullets to stop laying when you bring them to a new home? I purchased 4 pullets a couple of weeks ago, the day after I brought them home I got an egg, then 2 days later another, since then it has been about 2 or 3 weeks and no eggs. My guess is stress of moving to their home. I have read some of the other postings about chickens stopping laying, and the best explanation I have come up with is stress. They seem to be happy, friendly, eating, and drinking well. Any one have any suggestions? I have 2 Rhode Island Reds and 2 that the breeder I got them from called Golden Sex Links.

    Thank You for your input.
  2. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
    Definitely! The stress of moving can upset the egg laying process. Give them a week or two to get settled in, and they should be back in business. Another oddity in laying strikes could be a broody in the coop. One broody can stop all the hens from laying. Just an fyi, but I'm sure yours is from the stress of moving. [​IMG]
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    That, and it is also possible that they had the advantage of supplemental lighting at their former residence. This is the darkest period of the year and to keep production from disappearing, many owners supplement the light, by using an inexpensive timer, and have it come on at 5 am for a pre-dawn wake up call.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    The stress of moving coupled with shortening daylength can definately cause them to stop egg laying. For how long??????
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Quote:I agree... They may not lay for around a month. Just be patient with them they will get it together eventually.

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