cms1113

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I read that if a chicken is of laying age (like 22 months?) and they don't start laying by april you should cull them. Is that how you guys do it? I threatened to give my red stars away because they haven't laid anything but i don't think i actually will unless, i decide i need more room for my seramas.
 

debilorrah

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NO NO NO NO! You have to give them at least a year. Some chickens don't start laying until 8, 9 or 10 months!!! I am considering culling one of my adult that hasn't layed since the end of October, but I am waiting until the end of April to decide.

Give the lil girls some time.
 

speckledhen

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22 months? You mean weeks, right? Not all hens lay that early. I have one who didnt lay till 45 weeks old, but usually the hybrid layers like you have lay earlier. You have not really given them a chance if they are just 22 weeks old. If you dont want them, put them on Craigslist or Freecycle.
 

cms1113

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Quote:LOL yes i meant weeks. Im pretty sure mine are a bit older then that, i was just saying the latest average laying age i've read. I already said i wasn't giving them away unless they aren't laying AND i need the space. I was merely asking if thats what real breeders do.
 

PurpleChicken

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22 weeks is still young plus the days are still short. Post again if they
are not laying by June.


Mine aren't laying right now either and they are a mix of 1 to 2 year olds.
The weather that goes from freezing to warm to freezing messes them up.
 

PurpleChicken

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Quote:You just took all the romance out of it for me.



Sorry, I've just never analyzed it that deeply. I just yell at my hens
for not laying. They don't listen but I feel better.


Hopefully one of the medical type members will chime in on this thread.
 

Emzyyy

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Quote:You should ask the woman who's hen was just killed if she wants one she needs a adult hen for her surviving hen so it won't be lonley.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
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OMG! So I was suppose to cull my two 38 week old chickens when they still weren't laying??

She'll make it up to you in time, I promise.
 

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