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    • CommentAuthorchirstoph
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 10:27am (Mar 24th 2008)
     
    Hi Guys,
    We recently got 4 ex-hattery hens. They live in our back garden with a nice big run. When we got them we got 1 egg a day and on the 4th day i found 1 dead chicken. I didnt think anything of it as i thought it would be the stress of seeing the great outdoors. But i havent had any eggs since.

    I am a new comer to all this so i maybe doing something obvious but hopefull you guys can help. They live in a sort of storage shed that we have converted to a hen house. They have a little area to walk about and feed and then we have 3 washing up bowls for them to nest it. They use the bowls to sleep in. Of course they dont realise their own weight and stand on one corner and poof all the straw comes flying out all over the floor. But they still sleep in the empty washing up bowls.

    We are having a little power struggle. We have 2 big chickens with very little feather loss. And then one that was very oven ready when we got her (sophie) she has now took a demonic look and started to grow new feather, which i think the other chickens are pecking at as i found 2 spots where they have drawn blood. Do i need to seperate her from the others?

    Please advise if i should be worried about them not laying eggs, i have had them for about 3-4 weeks now.

    Thanks
    Chris
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 11:26am (Mar 24th 2008)
     
    Hi Chris, well done on re-homing the ex-batts, and sorry for the one you lost. Perhaps it was all just too much for her. Red and Neil are out today, but I'm sure when they come back they'll offer you some practical advice. I've read on here that hens lay more in their 1st year, and that it can take a couple of weeks to settle down, but I don't have hens so your best bet is to check back later for some excellent advice. Good luck with them though, and feel free to join in any of the threads!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 2:29pm (Mar 24th 2008)
     
    I had a new chicken last week, Chris, and she hasn't laid any eggs yet either. She has to get used to her new surroundings and feel comfortable and secure, and yours have the added complication of adjusting to a kind new home, utterly strange environment and sorting out Top Chicken.
    Relax, and let 'em sort themselves out. As for the chicken pecking order, Red and Neil will know more - I only have a cockerel and and a hen!
    • CommentAuthorPeter16
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 10:59pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    When you save ex-battery hens, it is best to introduce them to open space gradually, as all the free space can be too over-whelming for them.
    And yes it can take weeks for them to settle back into a regular laying pattern, when i got mine, they didn't lay for a fortnight, and and it has been 2 months and one still is not laying (possible a VERY confused broody), so i would not be too worried about the lack of eggs.
    and as Kateb has stated they lay more in their first year of laying then they ever will, this is why they get turned into cat food just before their first moult. So don't expect eggs everyday from them...
    hope this helps.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2008 6:38pm (Mar 30th 2008)
     
    Hi Peter! Look around for Trev on here - our newest Ausie :D
    • CommentAuthorjoannec
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2008 11:44am (Apr 28th 2008)
     
    Hi Chris

    And welcome.

    I got 2 hens last August and encountered alot of problems with them, i brought them from a rare breader in eversham at point of lay. The used to eat there eggs, then i had eggs with no shells but after a few months they sorted themselfs out. They have now stopped laying all together and i have no eggs left :( - I was thinking of getting some ex batts as a farm not far from mine get rid of them for £1.oo each but im worried that mine are now so set in there ways that they wont like any newcomers. Mine live in a hen house with a long run which they dont like so they have the whole garden and chase the dog and cat. If you ever notice the thread runny poo sorry its my fault i started it. Hope all goes well and keep in touch :)
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2008 4:29pm (Apr 28th 2008)
     
    I dont think diane would like you ...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2008 6:51pm (Apr 28th 2008)
     
    Joanne, that is your claim to fame you know! You're infamous on here for beginning that thread and giving us all something to tease Diane with!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2008 8:51pm (Apr 29th 2008)
     
    HI JOANNE !! :devil: