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How long does it take after chicks hatch for hen to start laying again

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I plan to remove the chicks from the hen at 5 weeks of age. How long will it take for her to stat laying again?

I own a Rock Group; 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Buff Rocks (now sadly only 1 Buff Rock, my sweet Angelika died on Memorial day) .
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I own a Rock Group; 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Buff Rocks (now sadly only 1 Buff Rock, my sweet Angelika died on Memorial day) .
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post #2 of 14

When they are old enough to defend for themselves about 5-6 weeks old.

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post #3 of 14

Each hen is different.


I let my broodies wean their chicks, I do not take them away - but that is just me smile



I have hens who start laying at the 3 week mark - still caring for their chicks, and those who start laying at 6 weeks on out and still care for their chicks.


I also have a hen who lays at 3 weeks and starts to wean her chicks then - works fine in summer but is really rough on the chicks and me in the winter.

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post #4 of 14

My mamas have all quit mothering around 4 weeks, and started laying within a week or two after.  I've read of their mothering a lot longer than this, just haven't seen it.  But from what I read, if you remove the chicks, the mama will get quite upset and search for them, and I would think that would cause them not to lay for a while.  Maybe your hen will stop mothering on her own by 5 weeks.

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Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

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Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

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post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by ddawn 

My mamas have all quit mothering around 4 weeks, and started laying within a week or two after.  I've read of their mothering a lot longer than this, just haven't seen it.  But from what I read, if you remove the chicks, the mama will get quite upset and search for them, and I would think that would cause them not to lay for a while.  Maybe your hen will stop mothering on her own by 5 weeks.


I did not know that and am glad you told me . What should I be looking for to indicate that she has stopped mothering

I own a Rock Group; 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Buff Rocks (now sadly only 1 Buff Rock, my sweet Angelika died on Memorial day) .
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I own a Rock Group; 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Buff Rocks (now sadly only 1 Buff Rock, my sweet Angelika died on Memorial day) .
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post #6 of 14

Last fall I had a hen in her own mini-coop with her chicks for about 8 weeks before reintroducing her with only a couple keeper chicks to the main flock. She didn't lay all 8 weeks. Since she went in with many other layers, I can't really say when her laying began again.

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Seeking blessings found in the old ways.

Too many birds! Breeding groups of these for 2013: Silver Grey Dorkings, Red Dorkings, Wheaten Marans, Blue/Black/Splash LF Cochin, Saxony ducks, Muscovy ducks, Embden geese. Ohio NPIP certified #31-425.

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post #7 of 14
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I plan to cordan her off in a section of the run with a nesting box while she is hatching. I don't want the other 3 hens forgeting about her and then have problems when I try to re-introduce her to her flockmates.

I own a Rock Group; 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Buff Rocks (now sadly only 1 Buff Rock, my sweet Angelika died on Memorial day) .
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I own a Rock Group; 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Buff Rocks (now sadly only 1 Buff Rock, my sweet Angelika died on Memorial day) .
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post #8 of 14

My hen started laying eggs when her chicks were about 6 weeks old. She actually went broody again with them still with her! She had just started ignoring them I guess. Even though I never once saw her peck them, and they stole food from her all the time. Such a good momma smile

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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated"

 

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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by chuckzoo 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ddawn 

My mamas have all quit mothering around 4 weeks, and started laying within a week or two after.  I've read of their mothering a lot longer than this, just haven't seen it.  But from what I read, if you remove the chicks, the mama will get quite upset and search for them, and I would think that would cause them not to lay for a while.  Maybe your hen will stop mothering on her own by 5 weeks.


I did not know that and am glad you told me . What should I be looking for to indicate that she has stopped mothering


When she stops "feeding" them and kinda just goes her own way. Some peck their babies to wean them so they start leaving her alone, but my broody just ignored them.

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Small kitchen flock of 2 Welsummer hens, 2 SLW hens, and 2 Production Red hens.

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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated"

 

Small kitchen flock of 2 Welsummer hens, 2 SLW hens, and 2 Production Red hens.

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post #10 of 14

My broody was laying while still caring for the babies.  She started laying again around 4-5 weeks after they hatched.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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