Stressed hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HallChicks, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. HallChicks

    HallChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I just introduced two barred rocks (they had been laying at their 'old' home) to my two wyandottes (who have never layed...) about 6 days ago and they are stressed (the wyandottes have been a bit mean, but I have just put the dominant hen into a cage as was recommended in another thread and I am hoping they will get along soon). They have been seperated for a couple of days and the barred rocks seem to be doing MUCH better- not as skiddish and generally happier. Anyone know when they will start to lay again? [​IMG]
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    When I would get new hens I never introduced them to my flock for atleast a month incase of disease.....after a month they were put side by side in a pen or cage where the old flock could see the new girls for a week or so...then I introduced them at night when it was roost time so the next morning they are to busy wanting feed and not fighting........there will always be a pecking order...

    I have had hens take up to a month to get back into laying when brought into my flock....
     
  3. HallChicks

    HallChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your advice and wisdom!!![​IMG]
     

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