New chicken owner in SC :)

chikmagnet22

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Hi I have 4 RIR and a white rooster unsure what kind he is. I got them at an auction fully grown. Have now found myself wondering if they have stop laying is the reason they were sold. 4weeks in getting one egg a day. Do you think it will pick up? Also just got 8 chicks. (What a handful they are) :)
 

1muttsfan

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Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan
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Without knowing how old your hens are, it is hard to tell if they are too old to lay. Many times stress will cause hens to stop laying for a while, and may send them into a molt, and they do not start laying until they are done with that.

You can post pictures of your rooster in the What Breed section of the Forum - get a clear side shot including his legs, and a close up of his head showing his comb.
 

Kelsie2290

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Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with your new flock! X2, stress like moving to a new home will make hens stop laying for weeks or even months, eventually they will usually pick back up if nothing else is wrong. Do you know if all of the hens have laid eggs since you got them, or has it been only one or two? Be sure to give them a really good going over looking for mites or lice etc and check their body condition. You might also consider going ahead and worming them since they aren't laying much anyhow and since worms can really drag a hen down, and you don't know their history. Do you have them on a commercial Layer food etc?
 

chikmagnet22

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Apr 23, 2014
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Summerville sc
I don't know if all of the hens have. I've gotten 4 eggs in the last week and a half. They seem to look very different from each other. I'm pretty sure there's at least two laying. Mites and lice? yikes! Will comb them over tomorrow!! Will worm ASAP too! I got laying pellets and scratch feed. Noticed tonight one of the hens has poop or something all over her butt?? Really alarming!! Any help there??? Thanks lots!!
 

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I don't know if all of the hens have. I've gotten 4 eggs in the last week and a half. They seem to look very different from each other. I'm pretty sure there's at least two laying. Mites and lice? yikes! Will comb them over tomorrow!! Will worm ASAP too! I got laying pellets and scratch feed. Noticed tonight one of the hens has poop or something all over her butt?? Really alarming!! Any help there??? Thanks lots!!
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Welcome to BYC!

This poop could be from stress being moved and her new digs. But if it continues, you will need to figure out where it is coming from. I would definitely get them wormed. And also give them time to settle in. It is sometimes hard in hens to be moved to a new home. If you are still having troubles in a couple more weeks, you can post some questions in the forums for more help.

Enjoy your new flock and welcome to ours!
 

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