Rescued hens and relocated to new coop @ my house...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nettleville, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. nettleville

    nettleville Hatching

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    We rescued 7 hens that had been laying really well for a friend down the road. Times got hard for her family and she could no longer afford to care for her chickens. My husband stopped by one day and she had ran out of scratch and mash. The hens where starting to peck each other pretty bad... We bought food for them until we could start building their new home the next day. My husband took 4 days off work and that's when the real work began!!! That was over 2 weeks ago and no eggs... Do you think that their still adjusting to the move? I've been taking real good care of 'em. I give fresh tomato out of the garden, a few peanuts for extra protein... I'm trying to build their systems back up. What ya'll think????
    Thanks,
    Nettleville
     
  2. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    How lucky they are you rescued them! I imagine after they settle in, their health picks back up and their systems even out they will start laying again.
     
  3. BFeathered

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    Give them a bit more time to get their bearings and nutrition back. The heat of summer may be a contributing factor as well, it certainly is here!
     
  4. mamaKate

    mamaKate Songster

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    [​IMG] from MO! Are they on layer crumbles? Or have another source of calcium? If they were starving , it may take awhile to get them going again. Boiled eggs, yogurt or cat food are all good protein sources. It's also possible that the previous owner exagerrated their laying ability.
     
  5. Dirt Road

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    If they were really out of food to the point it sounds, they may go into a moult immediately. If so, it might take a couple of months for you to get any eggs, but they should be fine after that.

    Jim
     
  6. nettleville

    nettleville Hatching

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    Yes, I'm giving them laying mash pellets. I haven't tried the cat food, but I will tomorrow. We have a 14 yr. old Persian! 3 chihuahuas and a small bulldog.. Oh, I forgot the 5 fish and 2 hermit crabs!!!!!
     
  7. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

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    Quote:i disagree.....some industries force molts by withholding food for weeks and water for 3 days in order for them to produce more eggs....that's why i got chickens cause that and the cage issues are horrible
     
  8. Dirt Road

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    Quote:i disagree.....some industries force molts by withholding food for weeks and water for 3 days in order for them to produce more eggs....that's why i got chickens cause that and the cage issues are horrible

    Not sure what part of my post you "disagree" with!
    Also, forced moulting involves withholding feed for 10 days, (not "weeks"), OR water for three days, not both. Can't imagine how these stories get so much circulation. They certainly don't start with someone with actual experience in the business. I am not in the business, but worked in it for a few years when I was young.

    Jim
     

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