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post #31 of 37
Congrats
It is better if you don't wash the eggs.
The first eggs should be fine to eat. You may occasionally get one with blood in it for the first few months.
post #32 of 37
Okay what is the candeling for? Also i have read there is a film on them sometimes these eggs were pretty dry n ckean already
post #33 of 37
The candling is if your hatching eggs. It is pointless for eating eggs.
post #34 of 37
Thanks so much for all ur info, this is my first time. And let me tell u it sure is addicting. Its wonderful to see the product after all the love and hard work u put in... Im so proud of my girls
post #35 of 37
I don't know how to add a new post so I have to share here. I have 4 buff orpingtons, 2 brahma that are at least 31 weeks old on Dec 5th. They have not laid any eggs! (I'm sure, not free range—yet. Good coop and run.) I started feeding layer feed at about 15 weeks, I have a golf ball on their nest boxes. The only thing I haven't done (after often reading tips/suggestions) is add a light. I have one ready but was torn on adding hear to the coop or not. I waited so they would naturally prepare for winter. We live in the NC mountains the Temps can drop below zero, but typically the low in January is around 22.
I've started joking that they are just spoiled pets that are just too prissy to lay an egg.. Lol. (Have ducks too, same age, no eggs!!! 3 kakhis (1 is drake) & 2 fawn & white runners.)
Guess I'll add a light. Looks like my only other option.
post #36 of 37
My 7 month old Red just started laying 1 week ago.
My year old birds have not restarted yet. The young one is laying in a small coop she was raised in not the nesting boxes.
Any ideas for me on get her to use the nesting boxes?
post #37 of 37
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Originally Posted by dlgower View Post

My 7 month old Red just started laying 1 week ago.
My year old birds have not restarted yet. The young one is laying in a small coop she was raised in not the nesting boxes.
Any ideas for me on get her to use the nesting boxes?

You can always put a ceramic egg, if you want to buy them, in there, but a golf ball works the same. This will show them that this is where eggs go.
But, all chickens have preferences. I have a couple that won't lay on the ground to save their life and I have had a couple who only lay in a nesting box that already had another's egg already in it.
Edited by Wasson6Pack - 1/24/17 at 8:20am

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Heartland Acres has Easter Eggers, Brown Leghorns, French Black Copper Marans, HRIRs, SBELs, a few randoms ones, a couple bantams, with turkeys coming this spring and American Guinea hogs

 

We are into gardening, living frugally, canning, composting, homeschooling, crafting all things and learning new things

 

Here is my swap page as we are always interested in swapping!

http://www.backyardch...

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