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So I just bought 3 hens and a cockerel...

post #1 of 9
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1 of the hens is a year
one has just started laying
and the other hasn't started laying but due soon

 

I've had them about 1-2 weeks now, and not a single egg. Any tips on why or how to make them start laying and if they're stressed and just general tips?
Thanks in advance


Edited by missythechicken - 11/11/15 at 12:02pm
post #2 of 9
Light in chicken house set by timer to wake them early..chickens need 14 hrs light a day to keep laying
post #3 of 9
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Thank you very much! We were thinking of doing this, but weren't sure exactly of the hours (:

post #4 of 9
The older one will quit to molt and recover if she hasn't already, so it might be a bit before she lays if she's stopped for the season, they will also be stressed from the move, and what breed they are can also affect laying.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #5 of 9
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1 is pure Pekin
2 is Wyandotte Bantam
3 is Pekin x Game
 

post #6 of 9

All three breeds are more for 'pretty' than egg production.  They may take a break until spring when they will very likely lay a clutch and then go broody.

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post #7 of 9
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Ah right, yes I wasn't fully aware when I bought them, as I sort of wanted a starter breed? As soon as possible I'm planning to add some better egg layers in

post #8 of 9
My cochins, or pekins, lay on and off going broody often, they lay enough for a clutch, about 8-12 eggs than quit for a while. sourland is correct, don't expect too many eggs.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #9 of 9
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Are there any crosses I can make between species to make the next generation still sort of a smaller chicken, but lay better eggs?

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