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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ricky64, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. Ricky64

    Ricky64 Out Of The Brooder

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    Another newbie here. Turning to this site hoping to learn more on caring for my hens and raising my families own eggs. Just finished the coop and yard last week. Purchased a couple RIR hens, RIR rooster and a Yellow Buff hen 4 days ago and have only got 3 eggs so far. Feeding crushed corn and laying pellets mixed in about 3-1 mix. Question I have is: Does the hens need a time period to adapt to a new place before laying regularly? Girls are 1 1/2 years old and were laying at least ever other day prior to relocating. Thanks in advance for advice.
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Congrats on finishing your coop and purchasing your birds! I hope you have lots of fun with them!

    Yes, chickens in general who have been relocated or moved will not act normal for at least a couple weeks. Chickens are very prone to stress and moving locations is, obviously, very stressful! So, it's totally normal for your new hens to not be laying right now. They should begin laying anywhere from a couple weeks to a month. In the meantime, try and keep them calm and as stress-free as possible. Make sure they have plenty of food, water, calcium, fresh air, room to run around and access to at least 14 hours of light each day.

    Best of luck to you! Feel free to ask any other questions; we are happy to help![​IMG]
     
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  3. Ricky64

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    Thanks Mountain Peeps for that info. I'm a newbie with chickens too. Just tired of paying out the rear for eggs was why I even thought about getting in too this hobby. Now the grandkids are wanting to get involved. Now I'm just tickled to death (so to speak lol) that they want to get involved in this with me. Like everything else in life, the more I can learn the more I can pass down.
     
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us. Congrats on getting your own flock.


    Wishing you many eggs to come.
     
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    You're welcome!
    Oh, how wonderful! It's so great when the family involves themselves! Best of luck to you. [​IMG]
     
  6. Ricky64

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    Thanks Sunflour.
     
  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and [​IMG] - glad that you have decided to join us. The learning centre is a great resource, as would be your state thread and of course, the members here are awesome!

    All the best
    CT
     
  8. Ricky64

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    I hit up the state thread and looked briefly at the classifieds looking to expand the flock a little. Now the grandkids wants their own hen so they can eat their own eggs. Lol. Granddaughter (2 1/2) held out a handful of scratch for the rooster, it peeked her hand while eating, she jumped back threw her hands up, pointed at the rooster yelling he's mine, my rooster. 4 days latter she is still claiming him. Guess I lost that battle. Lol
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. I think too much corn. Just makes chickens fat. Roosters shouldn't eat layer feed - they have no need for the calcium and it can cause kidney trouble. You could feed a good maintenance feed with a separate holder for crushed oyster shell. The laying hens will take as much as they need - free choice.

    PS I think if your daughter met a silkie (breed) chicken, she would love it. They are kids favorites, generally very docile and put up with tea parties, wearing accessories AND being pushed in a doll stroller. They also tend to be very good broodies (means they love to sit and hatch eggs) You may want to check out the "Silkie thread." Some - not all roosters tend to get aggressive when their hormones kick in. Children can be their favorite target because they are lower to the ground.
     
  10. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    You've received some good advice and tips so I'll just say hello and thanks for joining us!

    How nice to get the grandkids involved, they'll enjoy themselves and learn a lot too.
     

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