Hello from Nebraska

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by thunder, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. thunder

    thunder New Egg

    Nov 21, 2009
    My wife and I live in the central part of the state and decided to get some chickens,we are both 50+,so why not. We purchased 5 hens and 1 rooster,they are full grown,3 to 4 yrs. old.We built a small coop for them,4'x6' with a run of 10' x 6'.We have owned them about 10 days now,and no one is laying eggs yet. We feed them laying crumbs and cracked corn and a few table scraps.They are Rhode Island Red and Buff Orfington. Our coop is smaller than the one they were in. Are they upset from the move. BackYardChickens has got to be the best site!!!!
  2. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    southern ohio
    Weclome from Ohio
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington

    Congrats on the chickens.

    3-4 years old are a little past prime egg laying, but you should get some. You might want to think about adding some pullets next spring, if eggs are required.
    They may be slow right now cause this is the time of year that hens slow down naturally. It's molting time, and the lack of light both can slow down egg laying. And the stress of moving can contribute as well.

  4. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
  5. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
  6. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    [​IMG] from Alaska

    Sometimes it takes a bit of time for them to start laying again.
    You might need to add lighting; depending on your length of daylight as they need a minimum of 14 hours of light to stimulate laying.
  7. DragonFeathers

    DragonFeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2009
    [​IMG] from Maryland [​IMG]
  8. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
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    (also central Nebraska here)

    3-4 year old hens are past their prime as far as laying eggs goes, you might not get many or any until summer comes again, and even then you might only get a couple of eggs a week per hen.
    I have a few going into their 3rd year now, one or two are still laying now in this cold - but I'm sure they'll start to slow down and then back up again in spring/summer.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2009
  9. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    S.E Ind
    [​IMG] and welcome aboard....[​IMG] I agree with the previous posts about the age of the hens. but they may end up surprising you. I don't put alot of stock in what the 'prime' age b/c we had one hen lay well into her 10th year. But we have some 1-2 yr olds that are not laying right now either. It's a toss up. I'm sure yours will start laying. The could still be going through a transition period that coupled with the time of year makes for sparse or no eggs. I would suggest the same thing....adding some pullets in the spring.
    Good luck and welcome again! [​IMG]
  10. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC from The Pampered Pullets Farm in North Central Florida

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