Reading "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens"

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by n3kms, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. n3kms

    n3kms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay... Need to see if I'm getting the full picture. Book says ---it takes about 6 months to raise a chick to laying age.
    ---starting them in the spring they can lay in the fall.
    --- but in the fall they molt and don't lay eggs when they molt(maybe not their first year)
    but they need to molt to get good warm feathers for winter
    ---then without supplemental lighting they don't lay eggs in the winter.
    So.......When do they lay eggs? [​IMG]
     
  2. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Mine started about two weeks after I just couldn't stand it any more. If memory serves me right, they laid right after I bought a dozen eggs at the store. Brats.

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  3. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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  4. n3kms

    n3kms Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Quote:yep. [​IMG] .......... [​IMG]

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  6. mangled

    mangled Chillin' With My Peeps

    And wait until you get that first egg. You'll run around like a darn fool, showing everyone who will look how cute it is.

    I think mine layed about the same time as Citygirlinthecountry. Just about a couple weeks after I couldn't take it anymore.

    LOL

    Welcome to the addiction ... I mean ... BYC.

    Em
     
  7. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Spring chicks started laying at about 6 months (around December) and layed all winter. The first-year chickens didn't moult till the following (second) summer.
    Hope this helps!
    Mary
     
  8. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same book, it's a guide, not gospel. I've had RIRs and Barred Rocks years ago and now have Barred and Buff Rocks. All past birds were laying by Aug early Sept, 5 to 5 1/2 months. Never supplied light to keep them laying, they slowed down though. Molt took place late winter early spring, Feb, Mar. Go figure. [​IMG]
     
  9. n3kms

    n3kms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I've discovered that a lot of what I've read and what I see on BYC can be quite different. I don't have chickens yet but I really want to. Planning to build coop and run this fall and get chicks in March. I'd be building it now if I hadn't broken my wrist. Thought I would try to do a very natural route with it all. But from what I see on BYC chickens don't get broody just in the spring like you think they would. Do they really take 3 months to molt and have to have extra light to lay past september in order to lay eggs?
     
  10. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Polish chickens laid all winter without lights until they were 3yrs old and they molted in their second fall and that took about a month to 6 weeks I really think it depends on where you live and how the winter is...We had one year when it was very cold and the chickens I had then stopped in November and didn't start until March but that would be rare for young hens older ones normal and after they get 5 yrs old the egg count goes way down
     

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