This is my first time with chickens and I just want to check my progress so far. I have 3 buff orpingtons and 3 RIR hens that will be 5 months old at the end of march. I was curious to know what weight I can expect the birds to be at this age as well as what weight they should be when they start laying. I have followed the books as far as diet (mix of grower & layer feeds, oats, corn, and fresh greens and fruits) as well as just finished building a new 70 sq ft coop with 30 sq ft hen house for my flock to call home. From searching BYC topics I gather the girls will go through some personality changes when they are about to lay, is there anything in particular I should look out for? Also I have read I should look for the girls to start "squatting", now how exactly do i tell squatting from the normal 'ducking and weaving' they do when they run around? Everything about raising chickens has so far been a surprise... my mind set going into this venture is that chickens would have the same personality as gold fish in a bowl, boy was I wrong. The individual 'personalities' of the girls has really been an unexpected delight. I will post some pictures when I get this site figured a little more and hope to get some great feedback!
Tabary in BR, LA