I'm new here...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by robinm609, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. robinm609

    robinm609 Just Hatched

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    I am new at keeping backyard chickens -- and really enjoying them! I have 4 hens, raised from juveniles, named after the Golden Girls. Two are about 23 weeks old (NH Red and Salmon Faverolles) and 2 are about 18 weeks old (Black Australorp and Easter Egger).

    The girls have a nice coop-house with 2 nest boxes, inside a converted dog run. No free-ranging allowed; there are many predators in our area. In an effort to keep things dry, we covered the dog run with a roof and now the chickens refuse to sleep inside the coop -- instead they insist on sleeping on top of the coop-house roof. Hopefully they will be smart enough to sleep inside once the weather turns cold.

    I am awaiting our first egg. Any day now, I think. Sophia (the Salmon Faverolles) shows all the signs of being ready to lay: she's rounded out the bedding in the nest box, sits on the nest on and off during the day, and does the 'submissive squat' thing whenever I approach her. She's been doing that for about a week. Blanche (the NH Red) has been seen poking around the nest area, but doesn't squat yet. I check the box every day but so far, nothing.

    I'm feeding them a commercial Layer crumble food and they have oyster shell bits available to them. They get some healthy treats every other day.

    Any advice or tips from the BYC community would be welcome.
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. The only tip I can think of is patience - eggs will come sooner, rather than later [​IMG]

    Best wishes
    CT
     
  3. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    I agree, eggs any time now. :)
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome. Great to have you with us. I think you'll be enjoying that first egg very soon. Best wishes! :)
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. robinm609

    robinm609 Just Hatched

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    Thanks for all the welcoming messages.

    I'm happy to announce that after five weeks of squatting, Sophia has finally given us our first egg!
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  8. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens! Oh, first eggs! How exciting! Now go fry it up and marvel at the wonderful color of the yolks!
     
  9. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC :)
     
  10. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you. Congrats on that first egg!
     

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