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Egg laying question once the weather cools...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Buff-Island-Australorp, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Buff-Island-Australorp

    Buff-Island-Australorp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one out of nine chickens that has started laying....inconsistent, but laying. They are all 19 weeks old. Black Australorps, RIR's, and a lone Buff O.
    My question is, once the Oklahoma heat subsides, (114° for wednesday) and we start the downward side of the heat, and they stop panting so much, should I be expecting a regular pattern of egg production since they will all be in the range of maturity? This being if I have nine NORMAL hens?
    Thanks for the responses in advance.
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
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    Those breeds should be laying by 5 or 6 months old. So, yes, by the time it gets cooler they should all be laying.

    That sort of heat sounds absolutely awful!
     
  3. Buff-Island-Australorp

    Buff-Island-Australorp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply!
    What I'm really wanting to know is.....is the fall season a good time for good production of eggs from your flock, just as the spring time is? (for hens who are just now coming of age)
     
  4. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Usually for new hens it is a productive time. Older hens or hens who have been laying all summer may be slowing down and or molting.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    For girls in their first year, yes fall will be productive. After their first year, fall is when they quit laying and molt.
     
  6. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also got eggs most of the winter in my first year. Not one everyday from every bird, but like 3 a day from 5 birds.
     

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