New member and questions

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by acomeau13, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. acomeau13

    acomeau13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey everyone! I'm new to the chicken world. I joined this group looking for more information about chickens and just hearing other people's stories. I have 4 barred rocks, 2 rhode island reds, 1 golden, and 1 silver wyandottes. I got them as chics on April 29th so I'm guessing they are around 21 weeks. Just curious on when they will start laying. A lot of people say around 20-24 weeks but can start at 18 weeks. Let me know all your feed back. I'm very excited for my first eggs! Hope you all have a fantastic day![​IMG]
     
  2. KYTinpusher

    KYTinpusher Master Enabler

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    [​IMG] This time of year, pullets can take longer to start laying. The days are getting shorter and the older chickens are molting and preparing for winter. Your girls may take an extra 4-8 weeks to start laying when they mature in the fall to winter. From the looks of them, I would say you have at least another 6-8 weeks for most of them. When their comb and wattles start getting bigger and turn bright red, you will know they are close.
     
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  3. acomeau13

    acomeau13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Roland Deschain Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome to BYC, those are beautiful birds!the first eggs are the best...so exciting.[​IMG]
     
  5. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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  6. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! The usual time is 18-21 weeks.
     
  7. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Oh, and I hope you get that first egg soon. [​IMG]
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    link wouldn't work for me. Another sign that hens are approaching point of lay is, when you touch their backs, they will squat for you, as they would for a rooster. Do you have nesting boxes prepared for them? If you put a golf ball or two in each next, it gives the girls sight clues of where eggs should go.

    Hope you will be getting your first eggs soon. Once they start you will want layer feed for them, and a side container for crushed oyster shell. If they need extra calcium they will take in the oyster shell.
     
  9. emptynesters970

    emptynesters970 Out Of The Brooder

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    We thought our largest waddle and comb BR would be first but it was the exact opposite! As a first time chicken mom, I am beginning to see the parallels of raising kids...expect the unexpected! Her first egg was a week ago at 21 weeks. So far, she's the only one laying. Good luck!
     
  10. acomeau13

    acomeau13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all for all your knowledge and advice! I just keep checking everyday waiting...... I am going to try the golf ball idea!
     

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