Hello from Westchester NY!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by HeyChickchicks, Nov 12, 2016.

  1. HeyChickchicks

    HeyChickchicks Just Hatched

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    Hi everyone! I'm so grateful for all the information on this website. I have 4 hens: Rhode Island Red, barred rock and 2 EEs. Got them as 6 wk pullets in June from MPC. They should be around 7 mos old now but still no eggs!! I wonder if it's because of the shorter days and colder weather now. Do you think at this point I need to wait til spring?

    Anyway they're happy and spoiled. And my kids love playing with them.

    Right now I'm trying to make the bucket feeder and waterers I saw on here so we'll see how that goes!
     
  2. BlueJuniper

    BlueJuniper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi HeyChickchicks, and [​IMG]!!!!! So glad to have you on the site, and I hope you find it useful.
    I thinks it's funny because I also have a barred rock, and easter eggers from MPC. They are all my little babies, but they aren't laying either. I kind of have the same question as you, because I am still waiting and waiting for one of my girls to lay that first egg.


    -BlueJuniper
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. Waiting for a hen to lay her first egg is probably the most frustrating part of keeping chickens. I guess patience is the name of the game, but yes, I'd imagine shorter days may well be delaying the onset of laying.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=learning+centre and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you


    All the best
    CT
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Shorter days certainly can trigger some hens to slow down or stop laying. If any of yours are molting that also stops them. Some folks add extra light with coop lights on timers, to go on for some time and go off at sunrise. Then go on for more time after the chickens are back in their coop at dusk. However, if they lay eggs now (when they would be resting) they will run out of eggs earlier in their lifetime.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  7. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
     
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! Best wishes to you and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
     
  9. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you joined us and I hope you make yourself at home here!
     
  10. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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