new (to me) hens, when will they lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by marcosmommy, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. marcosmommy

    marcosmommy Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2009
    Hello! About 3 weeks ago I aquired 5 hens and a rooster that were already laying (well, the rooster wasn't laying, hehe). I was hoping to start getting some eggs a few days after I got them settled into my coop, but I havn't gotten one egg yet. They are barnyard mutts, but I think they have some Rhode Island red in them. I was told they are about a year old. I have 4 pullets (barred rock hens) in the same coop, but their "space" is sectioned off with chicken wire because they are still on "baby food" (they are only 2.5 months old). I provided them with some homemade nesting boxes but all they do is roost on top of them. Any ideas on why they aren't laying for me yet?
  2. soctippy

    soctippy Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 22, 2007
    my guess is that they are stressed from the move to a new home. give it a week.
  3. marcosmommy

    marcosmommy Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2009
    Quote:I have had them for almost 3 weeks now, does it really take that long?
  4. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2008
    Lynn Haven, FL
    I would check to see if they're laying somewhere else in a 'secret' nest. I've had chickens lay in the darndest places, especially if they're new to the laying game. Do you have a fake egg to put in the nest like a golf ball or plastic easter egg to give them the hint of where to lay?
  5. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    How do you know that they were already laying? You may have just been told that they were laying hens...hate to think it, but it may be true. I bought 3 that were "laying" too, they told me and after a week, only 2 have laid eggs. They may just not be old enough yet...
  6. emilyweck

    emilyweck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Eugene, Oregon
    Egg Eaters?
  7. missfitch

    missfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Marysville Ohio
    sunday marked three weeks for my new girls (two rir hens a year old) still no eggs yet but I think that can be normal for a big move, we will see, I saw there eggs, and loved their owner so its got to be the stress of move, I give them treats and food and well,.............. I will check back, good luck maybe the morning will bring scrambled eggs~
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I agree with the other posts. It could take days or it could take weeks before they start laying again.
  9. montcapu

    montcapu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2008
    laingsburg, MI
    do they free range? they could be laying somewhere else, which is common in my case, I have an aracana who will lay in the house for a few days then I cannot find her nest for a few days, what type of feed are they on? could be the switch of feed, they need to get use to to that... I am sure everything is fine, could be stress or hiding nest

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