After brooding

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by doublebow, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. doublebow

    doublebow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2009
    I have two hens who jointly hatched out eight chicks around the last week of July. When can I expect them to lay again? They eat laying crumbles, if that makes a difference.
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    Not for quite a while.
  3. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    My hens generally stop mothering their chicks and start laying eggs again when the chicks are between 4 and 6 weeks old. Sometimes a bit longer, depending on the hen.

    I'd say your hens should start laying again very soon, unless they are just ready to stop laying for the winter.
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Are they still tending to their chicks? They probably won't lay while they're mothering their broods. I find that my Mama hens want to stay with their chicks for about 6-10 weeks, it varies from hen to hen, and the voices only they can hear in their heads.

    Most of my broodies are bantams who can fly over the fences of any pen. They are kept in a pen with their chicks and they all eat chick feed while they're in there. When they feel ready to leave the chicks they'll hop over into the layer pen, and it seems they start laying within a week after that.

    If your hens are together with their chicks you should feed them all chick starter, it's better for the chicks and all right for the mama hens to eat while they're not laying. I'd rather have my chicks & mamas on chick starter than have everyone on layer crumbles.
  5. doublebow

    doublebow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2009
    Thanks for the info. I forgot to say that one hen is still very protective of the chicks while the other has gone back with the other hens. And they are cuckoo marans.

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