Pullet question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickenTammy, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. ChickenTammy

    ChickenTammy In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2016
    Good evening,
    We have acquired some pullets that seem to have been raised in crowded conditions and not very well fed. They are Isa Browns. My question is has anyone experienced this and did they turn out to be good layers anyway? They are getting fed a proper diet now and looked much better in just a few days. I don't want to cull any of my older birds if these don't lay good.

    Thank you.
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Free Ranging

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I would expect them to fill out and to lay well. However, I wonder if they won't be long lived. Maybe 2-3 years, one should consider culling them.

    ps. upon further consideration, I really think they probably will be just fine all the way around. The less than ideal feed, may have kept them pretty thin, but not starving them to weakness. There is a difference between being hungry and starving. Once you add good feed, I would expect the turn around to be quick, with no long term effects.

    I am assuming they were thin, but in good health.

    Mrs K
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  3. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

    Sep 9, 2019
    Central Virginia
    I would give them some time to adjust to their new home and see what you think in a few months... If you can wait that long. I wouldn't cull the older ones till I saw how the new ones are doing, but it's not my flock, it is yours. You know what's best for your flock! Good luck with everything and keep us updated!
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  4. Compost King

    Compost King Free Ranging

    Apr 19, 2018
    Salisbury, North Carolina
    The best brown egg layers I have ever had were ISA browns.
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  5. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Crossing the Road

    Dec 19, 2013
    Olathe Colorado
    Be aware though, it might take them a while to start laying for you. Even healthy hens can stop laying for a bit when they move to a new home.
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How old, in weeks or months, are they?
    Where did you get them?

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