Hi, we have had our 3 girls for about 3 weeks now and they seem to be settling in well. We started out only letting them out of their run into the garden when we were in the garden as we back onto a railway line and were worried about foxes but have gradually become much braver and an now let them put themselves to bed in the evening. They are laying 2 eggs a day mostly, they are are Warrens, really docile and friendly. They were about 19 weeks when they came so are now 22 weeks old. Do people think this is about right for young chickens? I thought we would be getting 3 a day most days by now. As far as I can tell they are healthy and certainly seem happy enough. The other thing I'm worried about is that one of them is roosting in the nesting area every night, this means that she is pooing on the straw, then first thing, one of the girls is laying her egg there! I did read that you could put a plant pot on the nesting area at night to stop them sleeping there but if I did that, I assume I'd have to get up with the lark to remove the pot before the first hen wants to lay her egg and I don't do early mornings! The other thing I was wondering was if I need to give the girls extra oyster shell? They have layers pellets and all but 2 of the eggs since they have arrived have been fine, 2 had soft shells but that is all. Interestingly the girls seem to know if the egg is wrong as they lay the egg on the roosting bars, not the nesting area!
We started out letting them wander all over the garden but first stopped them coming on the patio as all the poo was attracting flies which were then pouring into the lounge and then I also stopped them going on the main lawn as I could cope with poo under my washing line! Love to hear how others have faired! Jane.