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

    Jul 3, 2008
    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
    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

    Oct 16, 2009
    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,

  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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