transferred hens won't lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kramspott, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Kramspott

    Kramspott In the Brooder

    Jun 28, 2010
    Last week I made a swap of four roosters [that had to go] to a serious chicken rancher and in return received 4 California White (1 year old) hens.

    The rancher told me he was getting on average 3 eggs a day from these girls.

    Hours after their arrival they were making themselves available to my two current roosters and letting them mount, however, it's been 5 days and not a single egg outta one of them.

    Should I be concerned?

    Kurt in St. Louis
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Completely normal. Some don't miss a beat but it's very common for it to take a few weeks for them to settle in and start laying again. It can take even longer if the move was really stressfull. For future reference though it's really better to keep new birds seperate from your main flock for a month or so to reduce the risk of introducing disease. Even healthy looking birds can be carrying some pretty bad stuff.

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    Last edited: Aug 7, 2010
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Some may even go into a molt and not lay for a month or more after being moved. Chickens don't like change!

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