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How soon can I expect eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by big greg barker, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. big greg barker

    big greg barker Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    central maine
    So, I went to my uncle's funeral today, and came home with two dozen layers. (long story) A couple are molting, all were a bit undernourished. They ate almost 3 pounds of pellets in about 10 minutes. The person I got them from couldn't afford to feed them, and didn't have the heart to eat them.
    Anyway, there are 6 sexlinks, 6 brahmas 3 or 4 RIRs, 3 or 4 EEs a couple Wyandottes, I think, and 2 Brahma roos.These are breeds I wasn't planning on, but they were free, so I haven't really read much on them.
    Once I get them on a 12 hour lighting schedule, starting tomorrow, and get some feed into them, about how long will it take them to start laying again? The whole bunch are 2 year olds. Should I give them a couple weeks? Three?
    Which ones will be the most likely to start again, and which sould be destined to join me for dinner?
    I am in Maine, so it is a bit cold here now.

  2. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    You should (might) have fresh eggs in the morning. If they were laying before they should start no later than a week or so. Maybe a little longer if they haven't been fed properly. They should eat about 8 pounds of feed per day once they have bee fed properly for a couple of weeks.
    Don't waste any feed, but give them all they can eat until they fill out. Plenty of fresh water, right now that is as impotant as the feed.
  3. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    It can be hours, days or weeks. Not trying to be funny. But it will also depend on how old they are.
    Do they have red combs and wattles?
  4. big greg barker

    big greg barker Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    central maine
    All the Brahmas look fairly fit. A little light is all. The SLs are all pretty healthy looking. The EEs all look a little ragged, but one of them is molting and one of the others looks like it is either finishing the molt or just starting. Bare butted. I didn't get a really long look at the EEs due to the circmstances of getting them. The RIRs are average looking. Most all of them have small red combs. I noticed a bit of brown color on one of the rooster's combs. I'm not sure if it a bit of frost bite or just a spot of chicken terd. They were all kind of dirty due to the condition of the coop they were in.
    I got them into their new digs about 6:00 pm, and they sucked down almost 2 gallons of water by 9:30. We will see...........
  5. msgenie516

    msgenie516 The Happy Hen

    May 16, 2008
    Nesconset, LI, NY

    I'm so glad to hear you rescued those poor chickens! I think bringing them back to good health will make you feel just as good as getting eggs.

    I'm sure you will get eggs eventually but, in some cases, it could take months due to them not being well taken care of and the short winter days.

    Good luck with your new flock! Genie
  6. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    HOORRAY FOR YOU!!!!![​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    What a wonderful thing that you did -- taking over these chickens that have clearly been neglected!!!! The amount of chow and water that they have consumed makes it clear that they were NOT being taken care of appropriately!!
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    I am sure that they will quickly reward you with eggs and lots of love!!!

    You have clearly shown the true spirit of the Season!!
    God Bless you and Merry Christmas!!

    Last edited: Dec 18, 2008
  7. big greg barker

    big greg barker Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    central maine
    Thank you all for your support. One more question. All the birds were up to roost last night at midnight when I went to check on them except the brahmas. I put my roosts at 3 feet off the floor of the coop. Is this too high for these guys?

  8. big greg barker

    big greg barker Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    central maine
    Update. All these chix are doing much better, except one that died the second night. I think it had a respiratory problem. Had some butt pecking because they were a bit crowded and I didn't have the runs completed, so they had to stay inside for about 6 days. Had to separate an EE so it wouldn't be killed. After I got the runs done,and they could get outside, I put her in with the Brahmas, and they are all doing just ducky. The only problem I seem to be having now is that the roosters are REALLY doing what roosters are supposed to do. I don't think their feet have even touched the coop floor in 5 days.... It's getting kind of ridiculous.
    Still no eggs, but they are in and out of the nest boxes, and eating well. I figure it will probably take a couple more weeks for them to acclimate.
    I have a couple that I can't quite identify yet. They are rust colored, or light brown, and their flight feathers and tail feathers are darker brown. Small to medium single combs. Any ideas? I cant post pix due to dial up and a crappy computer. I was wondering if they could be red sexlinks.
  9. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Sounds like they are interested in reproduction, Greg.

    I think that all red sex-links have lighter colored rather than darker feathers in the rearend. Sex-links at Feathersite

  10. Barry

    Barry Songster

    Neglected laying hens may eat their eggs. Check closely that there are no signs that they have laid eggs before you say they are not laying.
    All I am saying is that egg eating could be the real problem.

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