Sold some friends young laying hens, no eggs for months!

aliciaford

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 31, 2008
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I told 4 hens that just started laying a few weeks previous to a friend and they have not layed an egg for over a month, then, sold 8 more hens to another friend and I just heard those havent laid yet either. Im starting to look like a bad friend here, whats going on? Could it be stress or maybe that I have roosters and neither of my friends do? Anything we can do to get them started? I've heard talk of a butchering party if they dont get started soon, YIKES!!!
 

keljonma

Songster
12 Years
Feb 12, 2007
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8A East Texas
The stress, changes in routine, feed, and change in weather will affect the hen's laying.

Laying an egg has NOTHING to do with roosters! Roosters are only needed for fertilized eggs.
 

speckledhen

Intentional Solitude
Premium Feather Member
14 Years
Feb 3, 2007
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Blue Ridge Mtns. of North Georgia
I sold an Ameraucana hen to a friend, along with some chicks, etc. last year. She was a great layer, less than a year old, rarely missing a day. She laid eggs for a week or so after she moved, then exploded into a terrible molt and never laid another egg! EVER. It's been almost a year, too.
 

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