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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by emilyann, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. emilyann

    emilyann In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2008
    Hello! Im Emily, Im new to chicken love, but I have 5 isa browns which I have hand raised from 1 day old, and i THINK they are about 3 months old now ( had a house move and got dates all crazy, plus im the most un-organised person on the planet!) and Im wonderring how I can tell if my girls will be laying soon? They are starting to get their Big Girl Clucks ( voice change from "beeps" to "bwarks") and their baby fluff is all gone and they are gorgeous and brown and shiney. Their combs are light coloured and small though.....is that a signal of anything?

    Also, my husband made a coop for the girls out of steel ( he is a magnificent welder, terrible carpenter!) and it basically an A frame with an upstairs section which I have lined with straw. It doesnt have any nesting boxes to speak of, are they vital? Or is it possible my girls will lay their future eggs in the upstairs straw lined bit? Or do they need their own individual box to lay their eggs in? The straw space is only big enough for one hen at a time so they would be sharing the nest. Will try and get some pics so this all makes a bit more sense [​IMG]

    much gratitude for any thoughts and advice! I love this site!

    x Emily
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2008
  2. kdcrws

    kdcrws Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    L.C. FL
  3. Carolyn

    Carolyn Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    I don't think you are likely to get eggs for another month, maybe 2. As for the nesting box ????'s I have 7 hens and finally added a 2nd box but some days they all lay in the same one. It sounds like a cozy spot for yours to lay eggs in the loft.

    I think a welded coop ought to rate way ahead of wood and wire for safety.

    Look forward to pics and good luck.
  4. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Their combs will turn nice and red before they start laying. You probably have at least a good month if you think they are three months old, probably more.

    It sounds like the straw lined place will work for a nest box. My chickens usually all use the same one.
  5. emilyann

    emilyann In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2008


    any suggestions on improvements would be appreciated since im a beginner [​IMG]

    many thanks for posts above
  6. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    You know what... that coop looks just awesome to me! I think they are lucky and its well done! Your hubby should be proud!
  7. emilyann

    emilyann In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2008
    oh! thankyou so much! I shall make him an extra helping of dessert tonight after such great coop reviews! One more thing I forgot to add.....shoud I be putting plastic eggs in the loft section now before they are laying?
  8. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Songster

    Aug 15, 2008
    Or golf balls, thats what I used, and worked like a charm! [​IMG] That Is a cool coop you have there.
  9. emilyann

    emilyann In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2008
    Thanks Riocotesei, thats great idea! and that chick in your avatar is just beautiful! Makes me want to go get babies again....[​IMG]
  10. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Welcome and great, super cool coop!! [​IMG] The only problem I see (and you may not run into this) my girls want to sleep high, lay eggs low. They were happiest when I made a nest box out of a rubbermaid tote and put it on the floor. Your girls may be totally different, though. [​IMG] If not, you may end up getting a lot of poop in the nest and eggs on the floor.

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