new to this can anyone help x

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chelsea91, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. chelsea91

    chelsea91 New Egg

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    Hi everyone im looking for a bit of help im new to raising chickens i bought 2 bantems off a private seller i was told they lay every day or every other day i have had these for 4 days nlw and no eggs my bantems are a year and a half old and have a very varied diet. How long will i have to wait. Also any tips for keeping cats away as i would like these to be gree range x thanks in advance chelsea x
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Often when hens are moved this causes them stress and they can often stop laying. I'm sure once they feel settled they should get their laying machines back in order.
    A good quality layer feed also helps them with their laying. It gives them all they need to produce good eggs. I'm not sure what to suggest for keeping cats away if you are going to free range your birds. I've found my cats stay away from the chickens and the chickens let them know if they get too close. You could try cat repellent around your perimeter.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and I hope you have some eggs really soon.

    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
     
  3. Wendy High

    Wendy High Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to this too. Welcome in to BYC!! Lots of good info and interaction on site. Best of wishes to you & your flock.:welcome
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Being moved to a new home is very stressful for chickens. The first thing to shut down in response to stress is the egg-laying system. Give them time to adjust and plenty of nutritionally complete feed. Limit treats to no more than 10% of the overall diet. It can take several weeks for laying to resume. If you free range, you need to accept the fact that you will loose some birds to predation. If you want don't want to risk that, then a secure run with supervised 'free-range' time is your only real option.
     
  5. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    You've received some good advice so I'll just say hello, be patient and the eggs will come.

    It's nice to have you here!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I agree with Junebuggena - you have to be out to supervise.. Cats don't ever give up hunting. Or when you have to keep chickens in a run, make sure it has a cover to keep climbers and raptors out. Small, mesh,strong wire "1/2" hardware cloth) to replace any flimsy chicken wire, and wire skirt around the perimeter of the run to prevent diggers.
     
  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice, so I'll just say a big hello [​IMG]

    All the best
    CT
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  10. Opendoorfarm

    Opendoorfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome!
    Great advice already -I would keep them in a smaller area to call their own until they get more accustomed to their new home.

    Blessings from our farm to yours!
     

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