why won't they lay anymore?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AmberWavesofGrain, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. AmberWavesofGrain

    AmberWavesofGrain Hatching

    Aug 31, 2010
    I recently went from 3 hens to 7 hens and a rooster and now nobody is laying (and yes, they have PLENTY of room and food). Anyone know why? There are definitely some scuffles going on, but nothing too serious, and the rooster is young, so he isn't being a pain. It has been almost a week now, and we've had maybe 3 eggs. UGH! Please help!
  2. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    could be the heat, or maybe some are going into molt.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging Staff Member Premium Member 9 Years

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Chickens hate change. You've disrupted their life by adding new chickens. Give them a little more time to adjust, then you'll be getting eggs again. (unless the stress starts a molt)
  4. Mountain Sunshine

    Mountain Sunshine Songster

    Oct 24, 2009
    Cleveland, Georgia
    We added 2 new hens and all my other just quit laying and its been 2 weeks now (nearly) since we have gotten any eggs. Except from the new girls!
  5. newchickgirl

    newchickgirl In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2010
    Appleton, Maine
    I added 12 birds about 3 weeks ago. I was getting none or maybe 1 egg a day, but they have finally picked up and today I got 5 eggs but 1 was cracked open because the andalusian (?sp) likes to lay her egg, then turn around and eat it. So frustrating.
  6. Somehow I missed this post when I was looking before....

    I have a similar problem. My girls lost 2 of their number in the past month, and I forgot that I recently placed my "babies" in a mini-coop/sectioned off area of the coop to gradually integrate them with the flock. Maybe this stress and change have my girls giving me 3 eggs from 11 layers when I had been getting 10-13 from 13 layers.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2010
  7. rhondaa

    rhondaa In the Brooder

    Oct 17, 2009
    North Tx
    i'm with you, same problem. added some new hens and no eggs now they are molting.....AGH so stressful. i could have sold 20 dozen eggs this week!!!! Everyone wants eggs and then no eggs not even for there human mother!![​IMG]
  8. JayBird+16

    JayBird+16 Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Fitzwilliam, NH
    I have a well established flock and no one is laying right now. I just assumed it was too hot and am looking forward to them picking back up this fall.
  9. kendra1178

    kendra1178 In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2010
    Muskegon, Michigan
    When I bought my 4 adult chickens and brought them home, they went from laying every day for their original owner, to almost nothing for about 2 weeks. Then they started laying, but didn't get back to normal until about 3 weeks after the move.
  10. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

    Dec 15, 2009
    Central NY
    Most likely it is the change with the new additions into your flock. Our girls slowed way down this week, but the temps outside spiked. I link the two together.

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