How long after baby chicks til my hen lays again?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by azulita, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. azulita

    azulita Out Of The Brooder

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    My banty hen Ethel hatched 9 cute baby chicks the first week in June. They're all free range and roosting in the trees together.

    Little Ricky, the dad, is kept away from the new flock. Here's my question...is their a general timeline for how long she will wait to start laying again?
     
  2. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    My Buff Orp started to lay 6 weeks after she hatched out her 6 "adopted" EE/Russian Orloff chicks. Several days later she "cut the apron strings" and set the babies on their own.
     
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Once mom starts chasing them away to get er done on their own, usually around 8 weeks after the peeps were born the lay will continue.

    bigzio
     
  4. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two broodies stopped mothering their chicks and started laying again at 4 and 5 weeks.
     
  5. azulita

    azulita Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks all...I'm at about 6-weeks, so, I might start looking around for the eggs.
     
  6. chickiepoo

    chickiepoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The broody hens I have had lost color in the comb when they were setting and when the color came back is when they would lay again. Like a pullet getting old enough to lay.
     

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