Roosting and eggs

xjonesy

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Two quick questions:

1) How long until chickens lay eggs? I have 6 4-month old hens and none have laid eggs yet. Is 5-6 months about normal?

2) I have a roost about 12" off the ground inside the coop, but none of the chickens roost on it. They all sleep huddled together in a corner of the coop every night. They are 4 months old and the temp only gets to about 55 at night here -- they shouldn't be cold. Is this normal behavior??

Thanks
 

Judy

Crowing
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There's a lot of variation in when they will lay. Some breeds take much longer than others, and some individuals in a breed take longer than others. What breed are they?

What is the roost made of? Maybe it is not comfortable for them.
 

xjonesy

In the Brooder
10 Years
Feb 13, 2009
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Utah
They're RIR and Plymouth Rock...sex links I think.

The roost is just a long piece of wood I bought at Home Depot -- it's 2 inches thick (square) and is about 4 feet long. They're feet/claws are more than large enough to hang on to a 2 inch stick...and the corners are rounded, not sharp.
 
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Judy

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Chickens don't like to hold onto a roost, they like a flat surface to rest on. The wide side of a 2x4 is just right. I made my roost like yours before I joined BYC. When I read that, I added a second board to make it the right width.

They should be about ready to lay. Their combs will turn redder just before they start.
 

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