If you got the right breeds----You will for sure have some broodies----some breeds are not the Broody type----You probably know this!! I set 72 broody hens in 2015 another 80+ in 2013 and 2014. Some of my hens would go broody and hatch several times in a year----one set 4 times---started 1st time in January----LOL.
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I have heard of them doing that----I have had one RIR that went broody----for a few days---LOL----Guess she figured Hey This Is Not Me---LOL. I think my reason for not having more RIR's go broody is because I collect the eggs faithfully every day and I usually sell them around 2 years old. How old is your GC??
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- For The Birds
Last summer I had one golden comet and one lavender orpington hatch chicks the same week. I wish one of my golden comets would do it again, I lost a few to predators last year and I'm down to 2 of them.
Just curious how you go about selling off your older birds? I only have 2 "retired" layers at the moment and they were our first 2 chickens but we will obviously face this more and more in the next year. Thanks. -Josh
I attend a chicken Auction weekly right now but at times I just go when I have something to sell. Up to 3 weeks ago 2/3yr old layers were bringing $15 to $22 each. Last week they were more in the $10 to $15 range. So every year I raise some new chicks to layers for myself(I sell hundreds, even 1000's some years) to make it easy to understand---say I got 3 pens(I got 67) pen one has the almost 2 year old hens, pen 2 has the 1yr old hens, pen 3 has the chicks I got growing for layers----when pen 3 pullets start laying good----To the Auction or craigslist for the 2 to 3yr old and this is repeated every year. I Never have a time I do not get eggs----there might be times that pen 1 and 2 are laying good, but if 1 pen stops all together for a few weeks---the other pen is usually laying some eggs. No, I do not free-range them together---1 pen might be turned out to free-range, the other 2 pens are turned out into a larger area but a confined area,
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Edited by ChickenChic2016 - 4/24/17 at 7:47am
Now she's back at it...lol. I'm just leaving her alone for now.
They do here, By adding my Location--not address---I do have repeat buyers that want my 2 year old layers---they bought them before and they know if I say they are laying----they are laying. I never try to sell them if they are molting----no eggs. If I got 20 hens I always tell the truth--for example----I post I got 12 eggs yesterday, 14 the day before, etc. That makes mine sell easier. Some will buy all I got at that time----Some even come 2+ hours away. I do sell just starting to lay pullets too. Even 1 year old hens if I am wanting to cut some breeder numbers down.