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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ChickEchick, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. ChickEchick

    ChickEchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Good Morning -
    I have used BYC as a resource for a couple of years now - just decided to join this morning! I have a flock of 2 chickens - I started with 2 - lost one (Raccoon) - got two more so 3 chickens - one was a rooster and had to find him a new home - so two chickens - got two more - so 4 chickens - lost 2 (Hawk?) - now back to 2. I have a Plymouth Barred Rock from the original two and an Ameraucana from the last two purchased. I will probably get two more this spring. 4 is my Coop Limit!

    I love having them and at some point I do plan on expanding but for now..... 2 chickens 2 dogs and a fish constitutes the sum total of my menagerie.

    I have posted a Question about my Ameraucana not laying (despite her 45 weeks of age) looking forward to some advice!

    Thanks All!

    ChickEChick
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. :eek:) There are a number of reasons hens stop laying: moulting; stress caused by a move, predators in the area, too many roosters over-breeding them, some major change in environment, etc.; cold weather; injury or illness; etc. Also, if you are free ranging it's possible that your hen is laying somewhere other than the nesting boxes. You might want to look around and see if you can find a hidden clutch of eggs somewhere. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  5. ChickEchick

    ChickEchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you.... My girls do free range - but the yard is not huge and I have looked and looked for eggs with no luck. BUT I one never knows.....
    I'm hoping by posting something about her in a public forum - the spirit will move her to start laying. :)
    Seems I have read (perhaps here) that her breed can take a year to start laying, but of course I can't find that particular thread again....
    Not the end of the world if she never lays and not even the end of her - she is awfully cute and sweet so I will keep her around.
     
  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    I'm sorry for your losses. Hopefully, you can get a couple more and end up with four.

    It's nice to have you here!

    P.S. And maybe your girl will see this and be publicly shamed into laying [​IMG]
     
  7. ChickEchick

    ChickEchick Out Of The Brooder

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    That is kind of what I was hoping! [​IMG]
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    You're welcome. I hope she starts laying soon.
     
  9. Bantamdelopera

    Bantamdelopera Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome and hello. I am also new to this site although I've had chickens off and on my whole life. RIght now I've got 4 bantams left (just lost the first of this flock, an egg bound bantam yesterday), 6 White Leghorns, 6 Aracauna hens and 4 Araucana roosters. I would like to trade breeding pairs of Araucana to anyone interested in exchange for Australorps, Orphington, Barred Plym Rock or Red Sex Link if anyone is interested.
     
  10. Bantamdelopera

    Bantamdelopera Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree. Amerecaunas tend to be broody and will surprise you with some chicks if you let them free range! :)
     

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