So far so good with 2nd hand hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by egghunter, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. egghunter

    egghunter Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been looking for some laying hens, and finally came across some for sale locally on Craigslist.
    On Wed I bought 8 hens, hoping at least 5 would be good layers. The owner didn't promise they would lay. He had 40 hens and was only getting 10 eggs or less a day. I figured at $3 each, I would take a chance since the birds looked healthy.

    I was a little nervous my one lonely roo would bully the newcomers, but the old girls put him right in his place and started getting comfortable in their new home.
    On Thursday, I had 2 eggs. I found 1 more so far this morning with a couple more of the girls hard at work in the nest boxes. [​IMG]

    Now I'm wondering if their old coop was too crowded and they stopped laying. I have 9 birds in a coop about the size of the one he had 40 in. So far, I'm happy with the purchase. We'll see if I start getting more as the hens get more comfortable in the coop.
    Fingers crossed...
     
  2. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good luck! did he say how old the hens were?
     
  3. chesapeakechick

    chesapeakechick Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sure the girls are much happier with you! Hopefully they will reward you with lots of eggs...
     
  4. egghunter

    egghunter Out Of The Brooder

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    He had several breeds all 1.5 to 3.5 years old, although he wasn't sure which ones were older or younger.
    I tried to grab the younger looking ones...
    3 Buff O's, 1 RIR for sure. The others I think are 2 barred rocks & 1 austrolorp.
    1 mystery bird, maybe a wyandotte?, (she laid today's light brown egg).
     
  5. egghunter

    egghunter Out Of The Brooder

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    Up to 3 eggs for the day. Woo Hoo!
     

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