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My four chooks.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AbbyMonz, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. AbbyMonz

    AbbyMonz New Egg

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    I got my four chooks, 2 Australorps and 2 ISA Browns 2 weeks ago. They have been vaccinated wormed and de liced. They appear to be happy chooks and are 20 weeks old. As yet they have not laid a single egg, and I'm really concerned in doing something wrong. They not only have a high protein hen mix, they have fresh foods as well and their coop is cleaned out twice a day so they are not left with poop everywhere. I read that in the winter hens lay less because of the cold. But I'm worried it may be more than that. They also have shell grit by the way, and a huge area they can forage free but without the worry of predators. Can someone give me some advice please?

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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Do you think they are hiding eggs or predators may have eaten them? A hen approaching point of lay gets an enlarged, reddened comb. She may check out the nest boxes - putting a golf ball in each is a good sight aid for her.
     
  3. AbbyMonz

    AbbyMonz New Egg

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    No predators can get in their coop at night. It's predator proof. We did put in 2 eggs over night one night but it made no difference.
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined the flock! They are just getting into the average egg laying age (20-25 weeks) and they have been moved to a new home, which is stressful for chickens (chickens hate change). I think they'll be fine and will start laying for you soon-soon. It sounds like you are taking VERY good care of them, so it's only a matter of when they're ready now. Hope it's soon!
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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

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