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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Paige'sChickens, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Paige'sChickens

    Paige'sChickens In the Brooder

    Nov 2, 2011
    I bought two hens ( don't know what kind, just white and supposdley hardy and good layers) They were laying eggs before I bought/moved them to their new home. (They were born/hatched around Easter and I have had them at their new home for 4-6 weeks) They have stopped laying eggs! Their previous envirnonment was different (they came from a farm that housed and kept a lot of chickens crowded together and were fed bread and laying mash.)

    LOL They have gone from the slums and moved to a chicken Country Club IMO. I just have two and they have it made!! They have done their hen pecking order and get along great, they are very friendly and come when I call them. BUT they have stopped laying eggs??? I have tried almost everything but still nothing. (I have had chickens through my life as pets and they layed eggs)

    PLEASE HELP ME???? Here are the living arrangements (not the best but better than where they were)

    I do not have a coop yet, a two seater or smaller coop is hard to find BUT they do have:

    a fenced 12x12 foot area, big sideways pots, boxes, etc on the ground and up high.

    hay in the pots, etc

    plenty of water, fresh greens everyday, laying mash and garden leftovers

    they are safe and secure and know it

    a dog cage that they love and roost in at night Until I find a good coop)

    A good half a day or more of sunshine and then a street light at night (either lights they can be sheltered from.
    I put two chicken eggs from my neighbor's chickens in their beds to entice them. Tried a golf ball this week.

    What am I doing wrong!! They are healthy and have gotten bigger and prettier than when I first got them.

    Thanks for any advice and feel free to email me personally! Paige

  2. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    It does take chickens awhile to settle in, but they should be after a month. The days are getting shorter, and if they molting, that will slow their laying down, and sometimes end it for awhile.

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