Why have my chickens stop laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Flocknewbee, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. Flocknewbee

    Flocknewbee New Egg

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    I just recently purchased 4 hens to add to my flock. The chickens I purchased consist of 1 rhode Island,1 barred rock, 1 buff orpington, 1 white leghorn. I was told the chickens are 16 months old and good layers. I have had the chickens here for 2 weeks and only one of the chickens ( buff orpington) is laying eggs. I have 5 other chickens that are only 17 weeks old and not laying yet. I keep the chickens in separate coops for quarantine purposes. I am wondering if this is normal for chickens to quit laying when they are relocated or if I bought a few bad layers. If it is just stress how long can I expect to wait for eggs? any info would be useful.
     
  2. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they might be molting, normally, no matter how old they are, they molt to grow their new feathers in. They normally stop laying during this process. Our new flock, which is grown now, wasn't laying even at 24 weeks. Then all of a sudden, they started laying. Do they have a hidden nest?
     
  3. DaddyBird

    DaddyBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be stress from the relocation, moulting, or you could have older hens. Some people believe hot pepper will kick start the egg laying to return. Chickens don't taste the heat apparently but it opens up the blood flow.
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    This is the time of year for molting. Do you see a lot of feathers around the coop and run?
     
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  5. Flocknewbee

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    The barred rock has lost a few feathers but the other 2 seem fine. How can you tell if the hens are at the end of there laying years?
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    At 16 months, they are not at the end of their laying years. I have some almost 5 year old hens that are still laying.
     

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