New Chicken Questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by longlegz86, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. longlegz86

    longlegz86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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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.
     
  3. longlegz86

    longlegz86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  4. longlegz86

    longlegz86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does it usually take them a while to settle into a new home?.....or it just depend on them?
     
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    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Chickens hate change - any change. So it will take them a while to settle in. If they are 5-6 months old, they may not be laying yet.
     
  7. longlegz86

    longlegz86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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