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New to me chickens haven't been laying for me

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tawnya0926, Aug 27, 2016.

  1. tawnya0926

    tawnya0926 In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2016
    Essex CT
    Hi everyone. So I'm new at all of this. I have 17 week old pullets at home but we're just given (2) one year old hens from someone moving that couldn't keep them. This was about a week ago and they still haven't laid any eggs for me yet. I was told they lay already. Is this odd? How long do you think it will take or am I doing something wrong?

  2. TheGooch

    TheGooch In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2016
    Goochland VA
    I too am new @ chickens; however, my research suggests and friends I know personally say it can take weeks or months for new chickens to start laying again once rehomed.
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Good advice from TheGooch.

    Moving house can stress them out, new environment, change in feed.
    Joining an existing flock can be even more stressful.
    If they are just 12 months old, they may start laying again soon,
    if they are more like 18 months old they may go into their first annual molt soon.

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