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Just picked up 2 new hens...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tharrell, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. tharrell

    tharrell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told they are both about a year old or so. There is a buff orp and a white cochin. I have a couple questions about them. First, when do you think they will adjust and start laying for me? Second, they have quite a bit of feathers plucked from their backs, will this grow back? And last, they were in with a rooster, if they were being bred how long will the eggs stay fertile? I would really like to try to incubate some if they start laying for me. Thanks so much for your help!!!
     
  2. ChikeeMomma

    ChikeeMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
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    I had a hen where her feathers had been wore/plucked off because she was the roosters favorite. The feathers did grow back. And I had heard or read somewhere that the hens may be fertile for up to three weeks. Better off to have someone else weigh in on the fertility issue also -- still kinda new to chickens.
     
  3. ChikeeMomma

    ChikeeMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
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    Sorry, forgot to answer your first question. It all depends on how comfy the hens feel in their new surroundings. I have had some take no break at all or up to two weeks until they started laying for me. So good luck and best wishes!
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I have read here several times that 3 weeks on the fertility is a good working number. Here's hoping they start laying well before that!
     
  5. tharrell

    tharrell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any other thoughts?
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Two weeks, three at the outside, for the continued fertility. There have been some very rare cases of fertility after 4 weeks, but as I said, very rare.
     
  7. tharrell

    tharrell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I checked on them at about 4 this afternoon. I came home around 8 and there was already an egg! I can hardly believe this. Hopefully this wasn't a fluke, and they will continue to lay. YAY!!!
     
  8. vickie2133

    vickie2133 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    congrads on the egg, and the new hens. I agree with everyone else on the 3 weeks.
     
  9. Jennie5193

    Jennie5193 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some eggs in the bator that are due to hatch out in a week that were from a hen very much like you have. I collected all of the eggs for the 1st 10 days and then put them in the incubator. They are developing very nicely

    Some of them were not fertile, but I kept getting fertile ones more than 3 weeks later.

    Good luck!

    All of my "new" hens have started laying regularly within two days. I even had one hen lay an egg 12 hours after we brought her home! [​IMG]
     
  10. Puma

    Puma Out Of The Brooder

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    I just asked the same question this week. I picked up two 8 month old Leghorns on Sunday. When I checked Monday morning nothing. But........by the afternoon I had two beautiful eggs. Got two more today..............
     

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