My hens aren't laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ak2177, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. ak2177

    ak2177 New Egg

    7
    0
    7
    Jan 1, 2009
    I recently did something perhaps I shouldn't have. I bought 4 one year old hens off of Craigslist. This was 3 weeks ago and there are no eggs so far although the person I bought them from said they were laying and had pics of the eggs. The hens are beautiful and in very good condition. A wellsummer, Easter egger, blue Morans, do you think this is the shock of a move? They are losing some feathers although I don't know that it seems like enough to call molting. I'm going to try giving them more protein. Thoughts?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    25,645
    1,834
    463
    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    It might be a combination of beginning the molt along with the shock of the move...though that should have subsided by now. I assume their coop is properly outfitted with laying boxes? Do they free range? If so, make sure they aren't laying out in the yard somewhere. Just hope you weren't sold some spent hens. Best wishes! :)
     
  3. ak2177

    ak2177 New Egg

    7
    0
    7
    Jan 1, 2009
    Yes it's a very nice coop with laying boxes. I have opened the door to allow them to free range but they go out for a short time and then go right back in the coop. They go to bed early and sleep in late. I really don't think they are older than the year the seller said but maybe I did get taken. I still like them though!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    33,743
    6,875
    576
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    They were probably 12 months old in spring.......which puts them at prime age for their first full annual molt.
    Some birds molt hard, losing tons of feathers all at once and often appearing 'naked'.... and some go slower.
    The stress of the move can both cause a cessation of laying and, along with the time of year, trigger the molt.
     
  5. ak2177

    ak2177 New Egg

    7
    0
    7
    Jan 1, 2009
    Thanks for the feedback.
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

    8,639
    3,274
    441
    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Where are you located? Shorter days will affect laying, too.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by