I have some QUESTIONS

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ingv8700, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. ingv8700

    ingv8700 In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2008
    Pequot Lakes, MN
    Ok, I am a new chicken owner. I really could not tell you what kind I have but I know I have 3 buff laced polish chickens (2 Roosters and 1 Hen) and I have 12 laying hens (not sure what these are. I will find out.

    1st question I received my first eggs yesterday. only two out of the 13. why didnt they all lay at the sametime.

    2nd question. DO i have to have oyster shells for the chickens to eat??

    3rd question. when i am ready to start incubating eggs, I have a still air incubator, But i do not have an automatic turner is that necessary?

    4th question. do I need to have roosters to have the hen lay there eggs

    that is all for now. Any more questions I will ask

  2. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    it takes time for them to lay they dint lay all the time oyster shell is good for them
    if you have no turner you will have to turn by hand
    you only need a rooster for the eggs to be fertile they will lay without the roostar
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  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Quote:If their young pullets they might not all start laying at the same time and certainly not all at once but thru out the day, any stress from moving to new locations hens will not lay right away, they have to get use to their new surroundings.

    It's nice to have oyster shell out free choice incase a hen needs some extra calcium.

    I have two still airs that I hand turn eggs 3 times a day, just place an X on one side and an O on the other in pencil, that way you know which side needs turned.

    Hens do not need a rooster to lay eggs, they need a rooster if you want fertile eggs.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2008
  4. ingv8700

    ingv8700 In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2008
    Pequot Lakes, MN
    Thanks for the help. that helps me out a lot

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