Hello, I'm a 20 something with my first flock of Plymouth Barred Rocks! At one point in time I had 6 RIR's who sadly did not make it due to foxes.
The Flock consists of four PBR one roo and three hens! All are 4 months old and are doing wonderful and very friendly!! I do have a few questions and I've done a lot of research on this breed.
But the internet can be misleading so I would love to hear some answers, advice, or opinions from seasoned chicken owners!!!
1: Do they or are they known to go broody at all? I would LOVE to have chicks for enjoyment as well as to expand the flock!
2: How old are Roo's before they try mate? My roo is very friendly with my girls so far and is not aggressive what so ever.
3: Around what age do I need to start layer feed for my girls? Currently they are on grower/finisher feed.
4: If PBR hens do not go broody what are some recommended hens who will sit on fertile eggs or have a tendency to go broody?
Random: My flock seems to be happy, healthy, and have great personality! The coop's bedding gets changed every 2 weeks and it's quite a fun thing to do. Once the bedding is changed the flock looks at me funny with the expression of "We liked it messy dont clean it!!"
5: Around when should I expect eggs or does it just depend on the chicken?
I know it is very late in winter as of now and they were hatched on October 28, 2015 so I would assume early Spring?
I am still new to the backyard chicken life and would appreciate any friendly advice on keeping my feathered babies happy!
Thank you all kindly in advance!!