Another newbie

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by carsonstutz, May 15, 2016.

  1. carsonstutz

    carsonstutz New Egg

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    Hey all! My wife and I recently bought some golden comets (14weeks old) and BYC was suggested to us from a cousin who visits the forums a lot! We were wondering when we can expect to look for eggs? I've heard GCs start laying anywhere from 14-18 weeks. Can anyone confirm this? Also, should we look for eggs out in the fenced run we have or will they stick to laying the the nesting boxes? We have 5 hens and 3 boxes in the coop. Thanks for any help!
     
  2. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll be in the barn!
    :welcome
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC.

    At first it may be a little hit and miss as to where they decide to lay their eggs, but i would have thought that as long as the nest boxes are suitable, they should use them. Just before a pullet begins laying her comb and wattle will redden and she will begin to squat when you approach her. They also tend to show interest in the nesting boxes.

    Best wishes
    CT
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You can also put a couple golf balls in the nest boxes, to give them the idea where eggs should go.[​IMG]
     
  5. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    I use golf balls in the nest box for new to be layers. :)

    I always have a comet..or a Red Sex Link as they are called here. I've had them start as early as 4 months. Love it, and once they get going, oh man, do you get the eggs. I have one out there now that lays me an egg a day. She will miss once every other week, if that. I hatched her, she isn't from a Feed Store, so hoping she lays for several years.

    Hey! [​IMG]
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. micah wotring

    micah wotring Overrun With Chickens

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    WV boy here!
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  8. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have already gotten excellent advise, so I will just say welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  9. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     

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