Another New Member from Georgia

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SWES, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. SWES

    SWES New Egg

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    I have 3 hens and one rooster. Have the hens since they were one day old. I never thought I could love a pet as much as I do my chickens. I have lots of questions!
     
  2. SWES

    SWES New Egg

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    Don't know if I am doing this thread correctly!

    My questions, my Sweetie just laid her first eggs. How soon after a chicken starts laying eggs can they lay fertilized eggs? How old before a Rooster can fertilize the eggs? My rooster has been on top of Sweetie, so just wondering are they getting a feel for it or are they still too young. They are about 20 weeks old. He hasn't even cock-a doodle-doed yet!
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC. Since your rooster already tread Sweetie, it's possible the eggs are fertilized.
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  5. SWES

    SWES New Egg

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    So they could have chicks as soon as they start laying?
    She doesn't seem interested in the eggs, unfortunately I am at work and haven't had the opportunity to observe what is going on.
    I only saw him once on her and he was very gentle compared to what I've heard. I am only assuming these eggs are hers because she is the only one I saw sitting in the box. But I am at work all day and I don't know what is going on when I'm not there. She is also the only one that the rooster (Tito) stands up too. The other two still chase him around. So, if she doesn't stay sitting on the eggs, if they are fertile, she's just not interested in a family now because she is still young? Looks like she lays them and leaves. Thank for you answers, I'm sure I'll have many more questions. They are so interesting!
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our BYC "flock"!
     
  7. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Always Thankful Premium Member

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    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]
    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Good luck to you! Cute avatar!
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    What breed is Sweety? Not all breeds go broody (want to hatch eggs). Some breeds known for "Broodiness", silkies, cochins, buff orpingtons, some of the game birds.

    If she is NOT eager for chicks, you would have to hatch them in an incubator. Maybe another hen will be a sitter.
     

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