New Chicken Questions

longlegz86

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Oct 23, 2012
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We just bought our first chickens Saturday. There is 4 (mixed) Barred Rocks...(from what ive heard)......and a RIR rooster. How long should it take for them to settle down and start laying eggs?

Another question... How do I get them to stop pooping inside the nest boxes and on top of the nest boxes?
 

Happy Chooks

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It depends on how old they are. If they are in their first year, they will probably start in a week or so. If they are older, they may be in molt, and it can take several months.

Don't let them sleep/roost on the nesting boxes. Make sure the roosts are higher than the nesting boxes.
 

longlegz86

Chirping
7 Years
Oct 23, 2012
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Rutherfordton NC
It depends on how old they are. If they are in their first year, they will probably start in a week or so. If they are older, they may be in molt, and it can take several months.

Don't let them sleep/roost on the nesting boxes. Make sure the roosts are higher than the nesting boxes.
They are around 5-6 months old. The rooster is a bit older I think. Probably a Year old. I may have to make better roosts because they are alittle low.
 

nova022

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It usually does take a little while to settle after a move. Just give them a little time and patience.
 

longlegz86

Chirping
7 Years
Oct 23, 2012
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Rutherfordton NC
Ok thanks. They have gotten used to being around us fairly quick so maybe they will settle in soon. Hope they stop pooping in the nests lol
 

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