Serious decrease in egg production after new birds introduced

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by simplychickens, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. simplychickens

    simplychickens Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2009
    Bradford, NH
    This is not an urgent issue, but just one that I am pondering and would like some feedback/suggestions.

    We recently integrated 4 new hens into our flock of nine. Our 'older' hens are @ 18 months, while the 'newer' hens are between 6-8 months. We slipped the new hens into the coop at night and placed them on the roost with the other girls. So far, so good. The two groups are kind of avoiding each other, and there hasn't been anything more a few pecks to keep the new hens in their place. We are still keeping a close eye to make sure they are all getting access to food and water.

    However (!) since the new hens arrived, our egg production has gone from about 6-7 eggs/day to 1-2 eggs/day ... and sometimes none!

    Is this due to the stress of a change in environment? Should we be doing something differently or just wait it out?

    Any advice/thoughts will be appreciated.


  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Stress will do that!! Give them 2-3 weeks.
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Did you quarantine the new birds first?
  4. dacdeihl

    dacdeihl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2009
    NorthEast, In
    Both above are great questions. I introducted 3 new birds to a large flock and I got mites and lice from them. But give them time.
  5. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:That was my first thought as well.

    Steve in NC

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