new hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by daddilo, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. daddilo

    daddilo New Egg

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    What should i do to make my new hens start laying. and how long till i can let them free range in my yard
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    You just got them, right? How old are they? We got ours 7 weeks ago and they started laying right away, however, it was one egg every other day, then 2, then 3, etc. We believe that some of them have just now approached laying age. We now get between 3-4 eggs per day with 6 hens.
     
  3. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Were they laying before you got them?
     
  4. daddilo

    daddilo New Egg

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    here is the senario, i built a coupe 4x4 6 feet tall, the have a run 5x16, i just got 3 red sexling pullets 9 weeks old, then a friend gave me some laying hens, one araucana, one bantam and one barred rock, so how long do i keep them in the run before i can let them free range, and what should i do to laying hens to make them cofortable to lay
     
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    You could let them free range at any time, but beware of predators. To make them comfortable, there is avariety of ways to build nesting boxes - barrels on their sides, milk crates turned on their side, build your own, etc. They will need a roost inside for the night time. You don;t want to leave them out at night as that is when most predators roam. Hope this helps.
     
  6. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Let them adjust to the move. It could take days, it could take weeks. You can't really say. They'll lay when they're ready.
    As far as the free range, I'd think 1-2 weeks inside the run would do them good.

    Good luck and welcome to BYC.
     
  7. daddilo

    daddilo New Egg

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    With my schedule i plan on letting them in the run in the morning with food and water, work come home around 3 let them free range and close them up when dark on weekend they will be out much more. so just afraid they will take off.. so if i leave them in for 1 week after that i could just open the door and when it gets dark they should go back in the their coupe.
     
  8. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Minnesota
    Give them time. Chickens arent real good about change and they need to adjust to something new.
     
  9. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Because I am afraid of predators, ours are cooped all day, and they lay just fine, they are happy chickens. Is there a reason you want to free range?
     

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