brahma welsummer cross

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by glenn74, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. glenn74

    glenn74 New Egg

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    Hi guys was wondering does anyone have any ideas on laying times/ages of my hens iv been told so many diferent storys up to a year old any sound advice would be great i think my hens are a good 6 months old now and nothing as yet should i just be patiant of start fatening for x.mass thats a joke by the way
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Most breeds start to lay somewhere between 5 and 7 months of age. But being that this is the dead of winter, the short days can cause some birds to hold off on the laying. Cold snaps, cramped quarters in the coop, too many roosters and other stresses can cause them not to lay well either. Are the combs really red yet and have they started to squat for you? These are good indicators that they will be laying soon.

    Just be patient. Make sure you are keeping the stress down in the coop. If they are free ranging, make sure they are not laying out in the field somewhere and keep some fake eggs in the nest boxes to entice them to lay in the boxes.

    Good luck and I hope they start laying soon!
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    X2 on Two Crows. Most hens begin laying by 6 months of age, but stress, decreasing daylight hours, and genetics can all influence exactly when they start.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    put a golf ball or two in the nest boxes to show them where eggs should.
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    Welcome to BYC!!! The members here are great!!! This is the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM ON EARTH!!!!

    Hope you have fun and if you need anything we are here to help!!
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on TwoCrows' advice. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting eggs soon.
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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