can animals living with my chooks prevent them from starting to lay eggs?

Biddybot

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Aug 4, 2018
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I'm going to guess that it all depends on the personalities of the animals involved and on exactly how you've got them set up as to living space. Nervous, easily-startled chickens and rambunctious lambs of either sex, confined to something the size of a horse stall maybe wouldn't mix too well. Placid pullets and a mild-mannered, quiet sheep with half a barn floor to meander about in, on the other hand...well, you see my point already, I'm sure.
 

CannedMonster

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20 weeks can still be too early.
My red sex link laid at 20-21 weeks but it took longer for my SL Wyandottes and my Naked Necks.
They were closer to 22-24 weeks.
They should have red comb and wattles and be checking the nest boxes out quite a bit.
This behavior can last a couple of weeks before they start laying but if they’re doing it , it’ll be soon.
 

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