Easter Eggers from Meyer Hatchery?

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  1. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ever since I heard about EEs and their colorful eggs I have been wanting to get some. I am hoping to buy a few through Meyer this spring. Has anyone ever bought EEs from Meyer? How are their temperaments and laying?

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  2. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought mine from mypetchicken who I believe drop ships through Meyer. My girls are curious, calm and lay nice light green eggs. I only have two substantial notes.

    One died at about 18 months of age from a reproductive tumor. Thing got so big it stopped her digestive system from functioning.

    And second is that my two remaining girls have two molts a year for which they stop laying. One in mid spring that lasts a week or two. The second one is just before winter hits and that one can last for months. I haven't seen an egg from them since mid October.
     
  3. mymonkeybug

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    Is this common with all chickens? Or are some breeds just more prone to greater time lapses of eggs when molting?
     
  4. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    EEs in general have a reputation for random starts and stops in laying. Some are worse than others, but overall my girls only miss out on a month more than my other ladies did. That two week mini molt that the others didn't have plus stopping 3 or 4 weeks before the others in winter. But I am guessing this means they will keep laying longer into their lives. They are only 3 years old though so the jury is still out on that one.

    When they are on the ball though I usually get 5 eggs a week each.
     
  5. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     
  6. mymonkeybug

    mymonkeybug Out Of The Brooder

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    And hens for the most part are only lay until 3-4 yeas of age anyway correct? We can extend their laying period into winter with heat lamps in the coop too right?
     
  7. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3-4 years is when they start tapering off yes, but hens can keep laying past 7 years.
     
  8. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 6 year old EE going to be 7 in July. Though she doesn't lay much now, every once in a while she will eek out a blue egg for a couple weeks straight, then stop for a month or so, then start up again. Very inconsistent but for a 6 year old it is truly amazing she still lays at all!
     
  9. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone ever ordered hatching eggs from Meyer?
     
  10. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an EE from Meyer, is less than 2 years old and hasn't laid an egg for over 20 weeks now. She's has a sassy personality and likes to talk back, but over all she's a clever little hen. She laid the green egg on the right.
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