goudkoekoek marans..what age do they lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by spish, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    i have here 3 hens from the belgian 'goudkoekoek marans' (sorry dont know the english name, they are cuckoo marans but with a ban of gold flecks around their neck and head)
    they were born the end week of feb so are about 22ish weeks now and no eggs. how old are marans when they start laying??
     
  2. Critter Crazed

    Critter Crazed Chicken Cuddlin' Cheesehead

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    How are they 22 weeks old but they were born in February? [​IMG] Wouldn't that make them 7 months old? They should be laying by now, or they will soon.
     
  3. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    LAST of February...so you don't count Feb [​IMG] I agree they should start laying soon as long as they are healthy and being fed adequately.
     
  4. Critter Crazed

    Critter Crazed Chicken Cuddlin' Cheesehead

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    Oh I'm sorry.. brain fart. [​IMG]
    I still think they should start laying anytime.
     
  5. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

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    I'll translate. Goudkoekoek means golden cuckoo (marans). Although that's a literal translation, I think they are called the same in English. You should start getting eggs from them soon. Make sure that they aren't hiding them though.
     
  6. spish

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    one has a redder comb than the other two (whos combs are still pink) somewhere i read their comb will get redder the nearer they are to laying..is that true??
     
  7. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

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    Yes, it's true. I don't think that it would be a rooster you don't know about at their age which means that your hen is getting very close to laying.
     
  8. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    i ahve two young roos too so know what they look like, no this is definatly a hen...fingers crossed for eggs soon then! will they be red from the start or do they have to 'develope' to red eggs?
     

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