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Figure out whose laying

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I've picked up some rescue chickens (the lady didn't want to deal with them anymore), 12 hens and a gorgeous 'roo.  She thinks they are 3 or 4 years old.  I got a big brown egg today from one of them today.  I don't want to cull anyone if they are still producing eggs.  Any suggestions on how to figure out who is still laying?

 

Can I isolate them one at a time for a 2 or 3 days and see if they lay?  I have a couple of smaller coops I can use if this will work.

 

Any other ideas?

 

I know 3 are barred rocks, no idea on the others.  Here's some pics of them if it helps any.

 

 

 

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I see some Easter eggers, barred rocks,the rooster is an Australorp, the whiter ones I'm unsure. They all have red combs, so they all will probably still lay. I would give them some time.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

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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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The "brownish" (2) look like EEs, black & white ones (2) BR, white (2) Leghorns (?) & black Roo (Australorp, maybe)....My guesses.  Lets see what other with more experience say....

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It could take some time, like a month or more, to figure out how productive they still are.

The stress from the move will most likely put them off...and could trigger molting if they didn't molt last fall (I'm assuming you're in the northern hemisphere).

 

Where are you located?

Do you have other birds?

 

I'd give them a some tome to get settled in, then you might think about how to isolate them to check for productivity.....

.....tho isolation can cause stress too, which could stop laying.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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I'm in Hawaii and I have many others, but they are all separated. The other flocks are 11 hens and a rooster ranging in age from 5 to 6 months, and 30 3-week old pullets.
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