NO ONE is laying!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DayKay, May 27, 2011.

  1. DayKay

    DayKay Out Of The Brooder

    14
    0
    32
    Nov 9, 2009
    Insight needed:

    I had a little flock of 8 hens, mixed breeds; 4 older, established layers, 4 who had just started laying sporadically, 7 months old.

    I was then given 6 little 5-month old hens, and naively introduced them all the flock at once. Everyone but the dominant hen totally stopped laying!! It's been about a month now - one of the newly laying hens has started laying again, and the dominant hen has gone broody and isn't laying.

    So I've got 14 hens, and I'm getting 1 tiny egg a day. I was getting about 6 a day, providing enough for us and the kiddos who have their own households now. Now we're all reduced to (gasp!) buying pathetic store eggs!!

    Why would the other layers not have started re-laying after adjusting to the new hens in the flock? Shouldn't they have adjusted by now, or is it still too soon to expect them to have recovered from the shock of the new hens?? What other factors might be in play of which I'm not aware?
     
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,637
    53
    231
    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Are they all getting along? Do they free range? Maybe the newbies are eating the eggs.
     
  3. kimntep

    kimntep Chillin' With My Peeps

    423
    3
    113
    Dec 30, 2010
    Ocala, Florida
    I've been told numerous times that any sort of stress will sometimes cause them to stop laying for a bit until they are comfortable again. A stressor could be anything from changing their diet to moving the coop to adding or taking away other chickens. Hang in there! Have you changed anything else at all??
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2011
  4. poseygrace

    poseygrace Chillin' With My Peeps

    409
    5
    113
    Apr 29, 2011
    Georgia
    I added some hens to my flock nearly 4 weeks ago and they haven't laid an egg since. They were all laying fine before, so I think it just takes awhile. I did notice one was molting, I think that may be contributing too. Good luck!
     
  5. ck-newbe

    ck-newbe Out Of The Brooder

    83
    2
    31
    Dec 2, 2010
    Boone, NC
    Did you move a piece of straw? Chickens are so picky. I agree with the previous post, just give them some more time to sort things out.
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    34,028
    462
    448
    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Quote:[​IMG]

    That's about the truth.
     
  7. teamsunbelt

    teamsunbelt Chillin' With My Peeps

    285
    3
    101
    May 23, 2011
    Midland, NC
    I am new to the site. And have the same issue.

    My flock was pieced together as well. 3 mixed hens about 5 months, 2 mixed hens about 4 months and 4 laying hens. It took 3 days for my first egg and 4 days to get 3 eggs. I was expecting a couple day settle in period, but they are remaining a little slow. The 2 youngest hens will not even come out of the coop for fear of herrasement. Hopefully they will grow out of it.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by