Do they need to be led by example???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by horsewishr, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. horsewishr

    horsewishr Songster

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    My 20-week-old girls haven't started laying yet. I joked with my neighbor that I was going to borrow one of her older hens to teach mine what they're supposed to be doing. I was half serious. Do you suppose that pullets start laying sooner if they're exposed to more experienced hens?? Mine have never even LOOKED in the nest box.

    It's so HARD being a impatient, finger-drumming, control freak. I'm gonna go squat in the nest myelf.
     
  2. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    20 weeks is just a "suggestion" - could be longer - could be shorter. Just like all gals - they mature at their own rate.
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

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    For heavy breeds, isn't it more like 22 weeks, too?
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yeah, heavier breeds can take up to 6 months (24 weeks), while some even longer... ie silkies. [​IMG]

    I don't think an older hen will help them any except that she may lay an egg in a nest box so when the girls start laying, they might go lay where they see other eggs... although, new birds often are baffled at this laying thing and the first few might end up on the ground.
     
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

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    The stress from a new hen added to the flock would not be worth the trouble. Be patient and you will see plenty of eggs before long.

    bigzio
     
  6. Cheri

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    I am getting anxious too! I can't wait.
     

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