will my 2 hens stop laying if i get a new one

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  1. frizzylizzy2003

    frizzylizzy2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay so we've only had our chooks for 4-6 months and my mum said that i could get a new chicken[​IMG] (an easter egg layer) IF our other ones don't stop laying[​IMG] so that's what i'm asking basically - also we've just come back from a 3 week holiay and we came back to broody chooks (when we left we had 3 and we came back to 2) so any ideas where our other one might have gone - we live in a bushy area and cannot find her our friends said when they came over earlier that day there were 3 but she went wondering off and i'm worried sick- so in the comments could u suggest where hens mostly wander off to thanks guys - also are "easter egg" layers good producers??? also we got 'em from a hatchery and we live in tasmania - australia

     
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome!
    If your chooks were not in a secure enclosure in your absence, the most likely answer is that your third bird has been taken by a predator, not wandered off. If she was, indeed, broody she would have been settled on her broody spot and that lessens the likelyhood that she simply wandered away (unless she was in the early stages of broodiness and just choosing a spot in which to brood - in which case she *may* have found a new, hidden place in which to brood. IF she has sought a new brooding location you are going to be hard pressed to find her as those broodys are quite sneaky about finding a very hidden place (by design). You were gone for three weeks, how far into brooding her eggs was she? After three weeks, if the eggs she was on were fertile she'd be off raising chicks.
    As to the effects of integrating a new bird into your flock - that is not something that can be predicted with certainty. Any time you have a disruption to the flock there is a chance it will effect production.
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    An additional thought on the disruption concern your mother has - if the two birds you have remaining are, indeed, broody they are already experiencing a disruption in production as a broody hen stops laying.
     
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Welcome, it does sound like your loss is due to a predator. Make sure you protect the others. Good luck on getting the new one.
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Ol Grey Mare X2 Either she was taken by a predator or she wandered off and is broody in some secret location. She may turn up with chicks at some point. All you can do is go looking for her and some signs of feathers that possibly she got eaten. When ever you leave your birds alone for extended periods of time, without being locked up, things do happen. I sure hope she turns up soon!!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    So sorry, I hope she turns up alive and well
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    I'm sorry for the loss of your chicken! My first guess, unfortunately, would be that she got taken by a predator. Broodiness is also possible, however.

    I've had one Easter Egger. Mine has been a good producer, though not quite as good as my Wyandottes.
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about your chicken. [​IMG]X2 on Wyandottes7.
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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  10. frizzylizzy2003

    frizzylizzy2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks guys your help is greatly appreciated - and thanks for answering so quickly[​IMG] i have put my other 2 hens - broody- in cages so fingers crossed[​IMG]
    it was most likely a predator - but my friend said that there were 3 earlier that day so we're giving it a few days
     

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