Previous layers new to me are not laying!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jendin13, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. Jendin13

    Jendin13 Hatching

    Sep 11, 2014
    Three weeks ago I got 2 hens from a friend that are around 2 yrs old. They had been laying regularly and then stopped when I got them, which I expected with the stress of the move. I got one egg 2 weeks ago but nothing since. Any advice??
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Besides the stress, they could be getting ready to molt. It's the right age.
  3. Jendin13

    Jendin13 Hatching

    Sep 11, 2014
    Chicken canoe-
    Good point! This is my first year raising chickens so I haven't gone through that yet. How long does it last? (Molting)
  4. ChicknsRock

    ChicknsRock Crowing

    Oct 4, 2013
    [​IMG] x2 on ChickenCanoe's advice.
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    It is relatively common for recently moved hens to stop laying due to stress. If that is the case, they will probably begin laying regularly in a few weeks.

    Another possibility is that they are molting. Molting birds lose lots of feathers and do not lay. Young pullets usually molt for the first time when they are 8-10 months of age, and they molt once a year after that. Some molt in spring, but most molt at this time of year. If they are molting, you should start getting eggs in 1-3 months.

    One other possible cause is that they are being stressed out by other factors, such as disease or predation. Is it possible that predators are passing by the coop at night, especially where the birds can see them? I would also check your hens for mites and lice, and make sure they have no other symptoms--nasal discharge, abnormal breathing, swelling, etc. Disease and the fear of being attacked can cause birds to halt egg production.

    Good luck with them!
  6. Jendin13

    Jendin13 Hatching

    Sep 11, 2014
    Thank you! That is very helpful. My coop is very secure but who knows what's passing by at night up here in the woods. I have 5 pullets that are 5 months old but I thought these older girls would be laying by now. I haven't noticed them losing feathers. I guess I will have to just wait and see.
    Thank you so much.
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Yes, as stated above, moving chickens is very stressful on them and they can stop laying for weeks or even a month. So keep all the stressors inside and outside the coop down as much as possible.

    Sometimes the stress of moving can trigger molting which can take 2 to 4 months. Disease, mites and worms can also stop them from laying.

    I would imagine they will start laying soon. Just give them time.

    Enjoy your new flock and welcome to ours!
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You've received helpful advice above.
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    You've received some excellent advice above!
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. You've received some good advice from the other members so I'll just say, please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your hens laying again.

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