picked up some new hens the other day . how can i get them to lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by blueseal, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i got 10, 1 year old hens . they are rhode island red and sexlink cross. so far i got 6 eggs total since monday from the 10 new birds. i looked at some of the vents and they looked dry . what can i do to encourage them to lay. its only been four days i know they just need to settle in . the eggs i have got so far are nice big eggs.
     
  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    They just need to settle in. They often lay a few eggs off the bat because that's what was "in the chute" when you bought them, but the sudden change in environment and stress of moving will cease operations for a while. It normally takes 2-3 weeks for them to settle in and start laying regularly again.
     
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they need to settle and get used to their environment.

    Feed them well, establish a routine with them, and slowly they will come back into lay.

    Good Luck,

    sandie
     
  4. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    I agree with previos posters new surroundings new feed new waterer new coop. when they get all comfy in thier new life they will start laying again! no worries.
     

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