Relocated Chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jennymay, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. jennymay

    jennymay In the Brooder

    Nov 8, 2009
    We have just rescued a couple of chickens from a friend that had to move. The chickens were laying eggs before but since the move have not laid an eggt in three days. Does this seem normal and does anyone have any idea of how long it might be before they start laying again?

  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing 9 Years

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    Could be stress, are you feeding them the same food? Maybe the stress is causing them to molt? Have you noticed any feather loss?

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  3. jennymay

    jennymay In the Brooder

    Nov 8, 2009
    Yes we are feeding them the same food but i have noticed some feathers laying around
  4. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    It is not unusual at all for a hen to quit laying when relocated. Sometimes it can take several weeks to start back up.

  5. DAFox

    DAFox Songster

    Nov 7, 2009
    SW MO in Vernon Co
    Do you have a nest box for them? Even a cardboard box with hay will do. If you can, try to find something that looks like an egg to put in the nest box -- golf ball, plastic easter egg, etc. Keep their stress level down by letting them acclimate to their new surroundings without too much interference from you and family. It can take weeks for them to start, but it might also be just a few days. It also, depends on the breed and age of chicken. Some breeds slow down dramatically as it gets colder. Some breeds lay fewer eggs than others. Older hens tend to lay less frequently than when they were young. The amount of light they receive is important, too. Are they getting enought light in the coop?
    The young Mille Fleur leghorn I bought recently took 2 days to start laying. I left her alone except to feed her.
    Good luck.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2009
  6. doubled

    doubled Songster

    Nov 3, 2009
    Madrid, New Mexico
    Quote:that's nice to know. i picked up 4 freeloaders a couple of weeks ago and was starting to think i had been duped because she promised that they were egg layers...[​IMG]
  7. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Quote:Stress from the relocation could be responsible for bringing on a molt. It's also the time of year that molts normally happen anyway. If your new birds are molting then you will not be seeing any eggs for several weeks. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. [​IMG]

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