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What would be your reaction if this happened to you?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by lucky123, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. lucky123

    lucky123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I paid almost $200.00 for four hens and a rooster, spent 75.00 in gas, and spent six hours driving. I have had them three or four weeks now and have gotten a total of three eggs. My other hens are laying up a storm so, its not the feed or anything like that.I'm sure they made thousands of dollars in the last few years from eggs from these, and as soon as they quit laying they pawned them off on a sucker,me. I was told the reason they were selling them and it sure wasn't because they were to old to lay anymore. This is my take anyway. I don't know anyother way to look at it. What would be your reaction if this happened to you?
     
  2. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    I would calm down, take a breath and realize that chickens are finicky creatures and disturbing their environment, even a tiny bit, can cause them to stop laying. I moved a silkie from one pen to another 4 months ago, and she hasn't layed since. And, it isn't due to old age, she is only a year old.

    Give it some time. They need to get adjusted and familiar to their new surroundings and feel safe there.
     
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    What breed are they? Do you have pictures? Have you contacted the seller to see what they have to say?
     
  4. ChikeeMomma

    ChikeeMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
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    I'd give them another couple of weeks. Sometimes I have had them take a few weeks to lay eggs after bringing new layers home. It's an adjustment for them and they are creatures of habit. Good luck -- I hope that what it is!
     
  5. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    3 or 4 weeks isn't long, especially after being moved and in a new environment with new birds around them.
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    give them more time..
     
  7. farmdude

    farmdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Totally agree. Relax and give it some time. What breed are they?
     
  8. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would be very concerned. I hate being the sucker, and spend an awful lot of energy trying to avoid situations where that might be the case... If I'd spent a zillion dollars on birds, and wasn't getting eggs, I'd be freaking out.. then I'd come here... then I'd read the responses from these smart men and women, and I'd take a breath, and wait another 3 weeks before freaking out again!
     
  9. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    My husband bought my Bev Davis flock for me a month before he died. He died in July and they laid for almost a week and stopped. When through a very heavy moult and didn't start laying again until February.

    I feel ya!!!!
     
  10. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    I've had chickens take 6 weeks to lay after a big move.

    BUT..... I have also bought birds that never laid and the seller obviously knew it when he sold them. I wouldn't trust him to tell me the time of day... after he fooled me, twice!
     

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