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#109668 - 05/20/13 03:38 PM Laying or lack of
Jim Talbot Offline

Registered: 07/23/06
Posts: 21
Loc: Canada
I have 50 hens 1 year old and last week I put 47 new pullets in with them 19 weeks old. They started laying and immediately the older one went from 30-35 eggs a day down to 10.
Anyone else ever experience this?
I have not and I've been raising layers for 10 years using the same method of introduction.

#109674 - 05/21/13 08:52 AM Re: Laying or lack of [Re: Jim Talbot]
CJR Offline
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8496
Loc: Montana
Even though you have done this successfully for 10 years, it is a risky process to add youngsters to a flock that is doing well. Breeds can make a difference in integration of new birds--and also production of the older birds. After a molt or rest, the older birds may or may not resume laying. The "production" breeds usually go for 2 years, but also can be through with their main laying--and are ready for cat food?? Would never recommend mixing young and old. You have been lucky. Hope your older birds recover after the shock of the newcomers! CJR


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