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Ex-Battery Hens or Hybrids??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tomfieldenloveshichickens, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Tomfieldenloveshichickens

    Tomfieldenloveshichickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking of adding new hens to my coop and i have come to two options.
    Battery Hens or Hybrids
    The hybrids would be 2 years old and free or the battery hens which will also be free. I want some eggs until my other chickens start laying.
    Please can i have lots of comments

    Thank you so much
     
  2. blue creek chicken man

    blue creek chicken man Out Of The Brooder

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    the batteries will probably be entering molt when you get them the hybrids will most likely need to molt also
     
  3. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I had some old layers and they layed really well for about a year after I got them.
     
  4. silkydragon

    silkydragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would just wait i have old xbattery hens and out of 15 i dont get any eggs from them
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    What would the hybrids be a mix of?

    At 2 years old, they may well be going into a moult or slowing down on egg laying a bit. And any time you move chickens you can expect a gap in their laying habits until they adjust. This time of year usually causes a slowdown in laying as well, since the days get very short.

    In your other thread about this you said the battery hens were cheap but for sale - are they going to give them to you now? That would be cool, just be aware of the problems that I posted in your other thread.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=5245183#p5245183

    How old are your current chickens? Maybe they'll start soon? [​IMG]
     
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  6. Tomfieldenloveshichickens

    Tomfieldenloveshichickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The Hybrids are Welsh Summers and bluebells. There are also warrens and Marans for free. The hybrids will be 1 year and 8 months

    My current chickens are RIR and are 26 weeks with no eggs URRGH
     
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  7. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    According to PP mag hybrids are good performers. A younger hen would be better not a two year old. I'd go closer to one year. As for Marans they are not bad layers for me and take confinement well if the weather makes it necessary.

    You don't mention how old your other birds are and how close they are to laying.

    Hope all goes well

    Rancher
     
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:The Hybrids are Welsh Summers and bluebells. There are also warrens and Marans for free. They will be 1 year and 8 months

    Not familiar with Warrens, but at that price I'd take them all!

    Well, no, not unless I could do a proper quarantine, but WOW! What a tough decision you have there. The UK has so many beautiful birds that we can't get here. Please take pics once you decide and get them home.
     
  9. Tomfieldenloveshichickens

    Tomfieldenloveshichickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My current birds are RIR and are 26 weeks
    they have not laid an egg yet and it is really frustrating. I feed them layers pellets and oyster shells. Did some DIY to give them a better home and give them a warm straw bed. There are only five of them. Any clue when they might start laying. Their combs and waddles are a ok size. Do they have to be big for them to be ready to lay. No squatting yet or egg song. Please can people comment so i can see how long i need to wait.
     
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    They should start "soon", no telling really. I have had some wait as late as 32 weeks, drove me crazy. Watch for the face and head in general to turn brighter red. Also, make sure they aren't laying somewhere hidden and that no predators are stealing eggs.

    I am [​IMG] that you will have lovely, fresh eggs soon!
     

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