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Will moving hens make them stop laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ariel301, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    I was planning on ordering some chicks from a hatchery in a few months and raising them, but yesterday I saw an ad on craigslist about some chickens for sale...I called the number and found out a lady here is getting rid of the last of her mixed breed Easter Eggers at $3 apiece since she's sick of just watching the coyotes dig under her fences and eat them. I'm going to go pick up the last few left tomorrow, four hens and a rooster! She says some of them are half banty, so they are small, but they lay good, and the eggs are blue and green, and that's what counts for me!

    I've never bought adult hens already laying, just chicks. Will moving the hens to a new home possibly make them stop laying for a while, or should they just keep going like normal?

  2. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Songster

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    From my experience they will either stop all together or slow way down. When they get comfortable in their new surroundings they will pick back up. Good luck!
  3. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Songster

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
    I have heard that by moving hens who are laying may stop for a few days once moved, this is normal. Once they are adjusted to you and your place they will go back to laying!
  4. Jonathanq1

    Jonathanq1 Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    They have all stopped for me, then picked back up a couple weeks later.
  5. loralei

    loralei Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    New Caney, Texas
    Please quarantine them before adding them to your flock. I've just read so many horror stories. I want your story to have a happy ending with lots-o pretty colored eggs!

  6. lavacaw

    lavacaw Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    South Central Texas
    Actually, my EE laid for a few days and then quit. It was several weeks before she started laying again but then I got an egg a day. Good luck with your new birds! [​IMG]
  7. Harrietsmum

    Harrietsmum Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    My neighbor has just bought a new barred rock pullet. Roxy laid an egg in the car on the two hour drive home, and has carried on laying every day. Guess it depends on the temperament of the bird.

  8. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    I brought home 2 Black sex link hens, that had stopped laying due to stress (dog attacked & killed Flock mates). They weren't here 3 days and were laying for me.
  9. jennymay

    jennymay In the Brooder

    Nov 8, 2009
    This is my experience too. We have just rescued 2 chickens (don't have any others) and they have stopped laying. We're patiently waiting. One hen is happy as a lark, one won't come out of the coop into the pen. Any ideas there?
  10. calicokat

    calicokat Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    azalia, indiana
    Our flock started with 2 hand-me-down hens and one stray that had taken up with the neighbor's dog (it really was cute to watch, but they didn't appreciate all the . . . . . fertilizer!)
    All three layed the next day, we rehomed them in the evening. But, I think they each felt like they went from so-so living situation to having it pretty great. A warm, dry coop with fresh bedding and nest boxes, a big, safe run and of course, some "welcome to your new home" treats [​IMG]

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