New to chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by homestead 101, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. homestead 101

    homestead 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just bought 4 chickens home, but hey have not layer yet. What should I do?
     
  2. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When did you bring them home
     
  3. homestead 101

    homestead 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just brought them home two days ago
     
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  4. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well you just brought them home two days ago they are getting used to there new home so o would say you should get eggs within the next week or two if not longer
     
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  5. homestead 101

    homestead 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was also wondering, I have nest boxes about 10" of the floor and the roost are lower than the boxes. So they are roosting and pooping in the nest box. What can I do to stop this.
     
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    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are to have the nesting boxes lower than the roost so you can build them a higher roost or set the nesting boxes loser to the ground
     
  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - i hope that you enjoy being a member as much as the rest of us here.

    I'd suggest checking out the learning centre, your state thread and searching forums as you will find lots to help you there.

    Roada Red has been very helpful already - thats just one example of how friendly and supportive our community is!!

    All the best
    CT
     
  8. Paganrose

    Paganrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much the lay and when will also depend on their age. Do you know how old they are? Many older birds will take a break from laying over the winter months. Some younger pullets may not lay until February or March if they went mature enough in the fall.Chickens can stop laying if they are stressed out and it may take a few weeks for them to get back into the swing of things.

    They also may have found a dark hidden spot where they feel safe to lay. If they are laying elsewhere Sometimes putting golf balls or fake eggs in a nest box will encourage them to lay where you want them to. Or you can lock them in the coop for a few days so they become familiar where home is.

    As for the nest boxes I agree they need to be lower than the roosts. You can always block off the nest boxes before they go into the coop at night. Or once it is dark you can move them onto the roosts, and they should learn where they are to sleep within a week.
     
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  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    welcome to Backyard chickens. Pagan Rose gave you good advice.
     

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