New hens not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lifesong Farm, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. Lifesong Farm

    Lifesong Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2010
    Noble County
    I purchased 4 1yr old Salmon Faverolles last week. I found 1 egg the next day and that's it. I have not seen an egg since. How long should it take for them to start laying again. I want to get some eggs in an incubator.
  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    depending on yoru light schedule you have htem on they may not lay till spring. or inntermittantly till spring when teh light "time" is enough for them to do there laying cycle. I had some buttercups i jsut got that are 3 years old do the same thing. to me. Got them they layed 2 eggs and haven't done a thing since [​IMG] Sometimes when moving chickens it can break the cycle due to "new feed" new enviroment" etc. hope that helps
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    It can take up to a month after a move for hens to start laying again. And that's assuming you are extending the day with lighting??? And I hate to ask...but you have a rooster??? That'll be needed to incubate [​IMG]
  4. Lifesong Farm

    Lifesong Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2010
    Noble County
    Quote:[​IMG] There is a light in the coop so that part is taken care of. I put it in when my Brahmas decided they wanted more light. I have 3 roosters. I plan to put the hens with each rooster and collect eggs for that week then switch out.
  5. Muscovies

    Muscovies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hens go through laying spells they will lay some days and some days they will or it will be month's
  6. kano

    kano Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2008
    Santiago de Chile
    Hens are sensitive creatures, they ate changes. So, you have to wait for them to get use to the new home.
  7. oconnorfamily25

    oconnorfamily25 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2010
    they could just be getting used to their new surroundings.
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    The stress of moving has caused them to shut down. It may be a significant period before they resume egg production. You do know that a rooster's sperm remains viable in a hen's reproductive tract from 3 to 4 weeks after mating her, correct? If you wish to get chicks from each of the three roosters you will have to allow the hens' reproductive system to "clear" for that period of time.
  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Stress of the move. Find out what they were eating and what light schedule they were on before you moved them. Also were they laying before?
  10. Lifesong Farm

    Lifesong Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2010
    Noble County
    [​IMG] YES!!! I found 1 Faverolle egg today! [​IMG]

    Now hopefully the other 3 will start laying and they do it in the nest instead of the sawdust under the roosts.
    I am still impatiently waiting for my incubator.

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