How long will it take these chickens to lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by averycatherwood, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. averycatherwood

    averycatherwood Out Of The Brooder

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    We have recently purchased two Barred Rocks and two Rhode Island Reds from a local farm. They are about a year old. How long do you think it will be before we start getting eggs?
     
  2. Ramblin Rooster

    Ramblin Rooster Hatchaholic

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    If they're a year old, they should already be laying! Check to see if they're hiding them somewhere. They may not start laying again until spring because most hens stop laying for the winter.:cd
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Depends on how honest the seller was lol.

    "About a year old" is pretty vague. Younger or older? Were they laying before you got them?
    If they're older than a year, it's normal for them to take the winter off and they'll start again in the spring.
    If they're younger, and were laying, it's normal for a change in environment to cause hens to quit laying for a few weeks. changing homes is stressful, and any stressors can affect reproduction.
     
  4. Ramblin Rooster

    Ramblin Rooster Hatchaholic

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    Exactly, the seller may not have been 100% honest. Do you have a photo of them?
     

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