Newbie Questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Koolaid, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Koolaid

    Koolaid Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone,

    I got my RIR's (6 hen's and 1 rooster) 3 weeks ago. Breeder said they were 6 months old. We have them in a very spacious coop - watered and fed well. No eggs yet - a guy I know told me that many times when a chicken is moved to a new coop they sometimes go into a "molt" and stop laying for some time. Anyone heard of this? Also, is this constant 90-100 degree heat effecting them as well? They are almost 7 months now - eating good - appearing mostly normal (what's normal for a chicken?- LOL). Looks like I have 5 hens and 2 roosters though but that wouldn't matter would it?..
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Hens do need time to adjust after moving but three weeks seems like time enough. Hot weather can affect them too.
    As can having 2 roos to 5 hens. Overmating can stress them out. Anything that stresses a hen out can affect laying.
     
  3. Koolaid

    Koolaid Out Of The Brooder

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    Yesterday I noticed my rooster (or one of them - I'm pretty sure there are two) puffing up like crazy and chasing everyone around and giving them a peck. What's that all about?
     
  4. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He wants to be top Dog and wants them to know it. That may be OK for now but if you have 2 roos it will get interesting. My old #1 is now #4
     
  5. Koolaid

    Koolaid Out Of The Brooder

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    Ah, okay - thanks. One of the hens actually stands up to him some. they are too funny to watch.
     

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