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10 week old australorps

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hubert guthrie, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. hubert guthrie

    hubert guthrie Just Hatched

    Mar 20, 2013
    Northport, alabama
    when do australorps start laying?....one of them has taken to a nest box for roosting, leaving a pile of poop there, I'm thinking of boarding off the nest boxes for a while...but I don't want to keep it from them too long
  2. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    Gray, TN
    They are still babies, I would board those nest boxes up for at least another month or three.
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    All chickens start laying between 18 and 26 weeks depending on time of year. On the short side in spring/summer, on the longer end in fall/winter.
    Definitely block off the nest till she starts roosting with the others again.
    If the roost isn't significantly higher than the nests they will choose the nest.
    You'll know that laying is getting closer as their combs and wattles will enlarge and turn bright red.
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed


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