new hens 1year old werent getting enough feed

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by blueseal, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2008
    i bought 10, 1 year old hens they were in a coop with 50 other birds all same age . they were only getting 2 coffee cans of feed a day . i brought them home have had them a week and only 3 out of 10 seem to be laying now. i have feeders that are full 24/7 so how long will it take to get them to lay again.
  2. TurkeyMountainChickens

    TurkeyMountainChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2009
    Central Virginia
    Poor babies! I'm sure they'll be feeling better soon. It may take a couple of weeks before they are laying well, though.
  3. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    It may take a few weeks, depends on several factors.... Not only poor nutrition but stress/change in environment/flock etc can be a reason for them not to lay for a while. I would continue to let them have free access to layer food, keep some crushed oyster shell in a dish available so they can supplement calcium as they need it. Fresh water, clean coop and some patience will hopefully result in happy egglaying chickens!!!! Sounds like they are in a better place now [​IMG]

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