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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thomas wessell, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. thomas wessell

    thomas wessell New Egg

    Jan 5, 2016
    SE Texas
    purchased five hens week of Christmas and it appears only one is laying egg every other day or so. we live in Houston, texas area. how long should it take (or wait) before others start laying?
    Thomas W.
  2. Kirbzilla

    Kirbzilla Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2015
    Ashburnham, MA
    My Coop
    I am assuming they were grown and laying when you bought them?

    My ladies all started at different times, when they were good and ready. I am WAY north... but somethings we did to help get them motivated was: - added a light in the coop to give an extra hour of light ( it would come on at 4 AM ). - Put some herbs and rose petals in their nesting boxes. - whispered to dream of eggs every night when I went to close them up.

    Any sort of stress, change, shake up can really influence egg production. I would just give them a little time for adjustment. I had some chickens that didn't begin laying until way past 30 weeks of age.

    Hope they get off the "freeloader" list and start laying soon! [​IMG]
  3. thomas wessell

    thomas wessell New Egg

    Jan 5, 2016
    SE Texas
    yeah, me too, my spouse was none too happy when I informed her we were getting chickens. my 8 year old grandson saved me when he expressed such excitement about them. the next hurtle is to get the price down below $35.00 an egg before my partner finds out the expense to date. thank you very much for your input!
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    You know, we had the exact same situation at the start of our chicken keeping adventure. Except it was my husband telling me we were getting chickens and I was none to happy. That lasted about a week. We started with a flock of 8 and now I've probably got about 40. And they are MINE. Hopefully your partner will discover how cute and funny they are and grow to love them just like I did :)
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator

    So there's hope for my wife yet!:weee

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