What's up with egg laying ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Witchgrass, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. Witchgrass

    Witchgrass Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 18, 2016
    Bandera, Texas
    I picked up 4 mixed variety hens just over three weeks ago. The seller said they all should be laying soon, if not already. I got one tan on the first evening.[​IMG][​IMG] Next day, got one more tan one. Two days later, one tan one. Nothing else until today. We found 5 tan ones today. They appear to be from the same hen(I may have overlooked the clutch yesterday evening when I checked on them). Anyway, there also appears to have some yoke on a few of the eggs. I'm thinking the hen was egg bound? Not sure at all. Any ideas?
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    They can stop, or delay, laying when moved due to stress....might just be finally settling in.
    The yolk could have come from a soft or thin shelled egg that was broken and mostly eaten....common with new layers.

    An egg bound bird will be visibly ill...not eating, drinking, moving much.....or if moving, it will be slow and laborious...they sometimes walk like a penguin...and abdomen can be swollen.
  3. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2016
    NW Missouri
    After a stressful ordeal like moving and settling into new environments they will likely stop laying for up to 2-3 months.

    If they are young and just starting to lay, pullets are sporadic layers for their first few months until they get settled into their laying cycle.

    If you're finding yoke remnants you could have an egg eater on your hands. Watch them closely.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2016
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Agree with aart. Also, with decreasing light, they will not lay as much. Once the days start getting longer again, egg production will start increasing.

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