Newbie here...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jane1, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. Jane1

    Jane1 Just Hatched

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    Hello. We have just gotten three hens three days ago. They are lovely and I have never had chickens before. This morning one was sitting in the nesting box for almost two hours. Is this preparation for laying eggs? They are supposed to be 17 weeks and I know they will be laying very soon. Just want information on what behaviour to expect. Many thanks. Newbie
     
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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Jane1, and :welcome. Happy you joined us. That is probably exactly what she was doing - following her instincts as she approaches laying age. Yon can pick up tons of chicken info in the Learning Center here
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    Best wishes to you and your hens!
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens
     
  4. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Hi and [​IMG]

    Yep, if they are hanging out in the nesting box, it is likely they will lay soon. Some other signs are "squatting" and the increased redness of the comb and wattles. Here are a few articles on how to tell when your chickens are about to start laying.

    Thanks for joining us! [​IMG]
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. Dannygj

    Dannygj Out Of The Brooder

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    Also add crushed egg shells or some Valium to there food others wise the egg shells will be super thin
     
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    Dannygj Out Of The Brooder

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    Calcium
     
  8. Jane1

    Jane1 Just Hatched

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    Hey all. Thanks for the advice. Not sure how to add a new post.
    One of the three chooks we just got tends to peck at one other's face. She backs off. I'm assuming this is pecking order behaviour. Is there anything I can do or do I just have to accept that's just the way chooks are? Will she get more aggressive or is this the extent of it?
     

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