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How soon after hatching will hen lay eggs again?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NHchicks, May 18, 2010.

  1. NHchicks

    NHchicks Songster

    May 13, 2010
    Does anyone know how long a mother hen will go before resuming egg laying?

    My broody hen hatched 8 adorable chicks a week ago. I'm wondering what to expect about starting to lay eggs again. I'm thinking when she starts to lay, she'll need a nest box or quiet place away from the chicks. My hunch is she won't start laying until the chicks are about 6 weeks old and able to fend for themselves. Is that right?
  2. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
    Mine kicked her chick out yesterday at five weeks and ran to the main coop and laid an egg! She is single, without kids, livin' the high life again. Her baby is raising heck in with the incubated juveniles. Everybody's happy.
    norxgirl likes this.
  3. NHchicks

    NHchicks Songster

    May 13, 2010
    Too funny!

    I think I saw my hen grinning when she didn't have to brood on that nest anymore and got to free range with her new hatchlings.

    She'll be laughing out loud when she finally ditches her grown chicks.

    Laying eggs will probably be a pleasure.

    And then maybe she'll start the cycle all over again.

    Why does this sound familiar? [​IMG]

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