Three year old hen not laying...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LadyFromTheMountain, Nov 22, 2017.

  1. LadyFromTheMountain

    LadyFromTheMountain In the Brooder

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    So I recently got a new Rhode island red to add to my flock of three month olds, she is adjusting well and is very friendly to me and the littles. The only thing I'm concerned about is that she's not laying yet, she's three years old and my friend I got her from said she had been laying. Background info, she said that she wanted to get rid of all her chickens because the rats on their property were eating the eggs faster than she could get them daily... But I only took the one hen because I'm partial to rhodies. So the main question is does anyone have any suggestions as to why she's not laying?
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    :welcome Shortened day length and the move to a new home are probably both factors impacting her egg production. Also at 3 years of age she has probably passed her more productive years. She will most likely start laying again once day length is in excess of 12 hours/day.
     
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  3. LadyFromTheMountain

    LadyFromTheMountain In the Brooder

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  4. LadyFromTheMountain

    LadyFromTheMountain In the Brooder

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    Thank you! I was kinda thinking maybe the short amout of daylight could be messing with her!
     
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G’Day from down under LadyFromTheMountain :frow Welcome!

    I agree with Sourland but just wanted to add that I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also Find Your State Thread and pop in and say hello.

    Personally, I have found the Topic of the Week articles a great resource and a one stop shop for questions which may have already been discussed within the BYC membership group. One of which is Topic of the Week - Winter Egg Laying

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)
     
  6. Gloryfarm

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    Agree with above! Moving causing stress itself plus short days. My new layers this year took over a month to start laying after getting them. That was during the summer too.
     
  7. LadyFromTheMountain

    LadyFromTheMountain In the Brooder

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    Thank you so much guys! I have a feeling I'm going to like this site! :)
     
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  8. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Welcome to BYC. You have some great advice from Sourland, so I'll just say a big :frow
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Welcome to BYC hope you enjoy it as much as we do :yesss:
     
  10. N F C

    N F C whaz sup?

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    :welcome

    Thanks for joining us!
     
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