How long before you cull?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tonkatuff, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. tonkatuff

    tonkatuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much time do you give a pullet to start laying before she goes to the table? I have one Ameraucana pullet, hatched 3/17/09 that has yet to lay.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Depends on your goal. If you want strictly egg layers, and want to breed for younger layers, cull when you think they should lay by. But since it is fall, some birds wait till spring. That said, are you sure she is not hiding them?
     
  3. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Easy there trigger, LOL that pullet has a lot of time left to lay. There are a lot of pullets that dont start until they are 8 months old. I have virtually all old hertitage stock and frankly that is when they start, right at 8 months. Er or in fact I have a bunch of RIR 8 months and nada.

    Whacking them now would likely mean you are dispatching just before they lay.
     
  4. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Utah
    We have an EE around the same age, maybe a week or two younger. Nowhere close to laying yet, she's a pet though, so we're willing to wait.
     

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