HELP! FIRST CHICKENS EVER OWN!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicky91, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. Chicky91

    Chicky91 Out Of The Brooder

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    OK so i Welssummer chickes and they are about 6 months old. Any idea when they will lay eggs? i put hay in there houses bougth them clams and all but no signs of egg laying [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    First of all, are you sure they're hens? Do they show any rooster traits (feathering, crowing ,etc.)?

    If not, then I expect that they will begin laying within the next month. Most chickens start laying by 6 months; however, it can vary a great deal with each individual bird. Your pullets may just be maturing a little slower that "average."

    I would just do a quick search of their coop and/or run for any hidden nests, since there have been many stories of people who found hidden nests from their supposedly non-productive hens. I'd also check your pullets for mites/lice and make sure they seem healthy otherwise. They're probably fine, though, and should give you some beautiful eggs soon.

    Good luck with them!
     
  3. Chicky91

    Chicky91 Out Of The Brooder

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    How can i check if they are rooster? They look like hens to me. I have one my son named Beetle and her comb is huge! is that something i should be worry about? Also what are signs that would be ready to lay? Sorry for all the questions!![​IMG][​IMG]
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  4. cash money

    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look like hen's
     
  5. BethanyS

    BethanyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    those are adolescent giant dodo birds.they will triple in size before they ever lay...takes over a year
     
  6. BethanyS

    BethanyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    fine layers those dodos ;)
     
  7. Chicky91

    Chicky91 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] DoDo birds? Do they really take that long ?
     
  8. Chicky91

    Chicky91 Out Of The Brooder

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    But that comb is huge lol [​IMG]
     
  9. BethanyS

    BethanyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    haha I'm no dodo expert.

    seriously that is a HUGE comb.Make sure they are getting plenty of food and aren't under stress.I've heard roosters "stimulation" help hens start to lay....maybe they need a boyfriend.I've always had a roo so I don't have anything to compare. anyone noticed a connection if roos and help hens start laying ?
     
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  10. cash money

    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have a rooster and my hens still lay they don't need a rooster to lay eggs
     

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