Will my hens start laying again this winter?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by armyturner, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. armyturner

    armyturner Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 25, 2008
    I was wondering if I can expect the hens that I bought a week ago to start laying again over the winter or if it will be next spring. The guy raised them from chicks back around April (the best that he remembers), so I am guessing that they could be anywhere from 32-36 weeks old. There are 5 RIR, 3 sexlinks, and 1 EE. He said that they were laying before, but they were completly free range and were laying in the woods, the barn, and anywhere else that they decided to drop one.

    I know that it could take a little bit to get over the stress of the move and being in a coop with a run instead of roaming free, but should they go ahead and start laying again? I think that I am feeding and watering well and I have golf balls in the new nest boxes. I have light on them from 5am-8pm. We have had a couple of nights with below freezing temps but for the most part the highs have been 40-50 and lows 35-40. Is there anything else that I need to do?

  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    After I bought my hens from my friend it took them a month and 1/2 to start laying eggs for me again [​IMG] I'm afraid they may take a while to lay eggs after the stress of the move.
  3. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2008
    Southern Iowa
    Nothing much else for you to do! Sounds like you're doing well. Just cross your fingers and wait. They probably won't lay for a little while though.

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