So I just bought 3 hens and a cockerel...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by missythechicken, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. missythechicken

    missythechicken Out Of The Brooder

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    1 of the hens is a year
    one has just started laying
    and the other hasn't started laying but due soon

    I've had them about 1-2 weeks now, and not a single egg. Any tips on why or how to make them start laying and if they're stressed and just general tips?
    Thanks in advance
     
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  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Light in chicken house set by timer to wake them early..chickens need 14 hrs light a day to keep laying
     
  3. missythechicken

    missythechicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you very much! We were thinking of doing this, but weren't sure exactly of the hours :)
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    The older one will quit to molt and recover if she hasn't already, so it might be a bit before she lays if she's stopped for the season, they will also be stressed from the move, and what breed they are can also affect laying.
     
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  5. missythechicken

    missythechicken Out Of The Brooder

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    1 is pure Pekin
    2 is Wyandotte Bantam
    3 is Pekin x Game
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    All three breeds are more for 'pretty' than egg production. They may take a break until spring when they will very likely lay a clutch and then go broody.
     
  7. missythechicken

    missythechicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Ah right, yes I wasn't fully aware when I bought them, as I sort of wanted a starter breed? As soon as possible I'm planning to add some better egg layers in
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    My cochins, or pekins, lay on and off going broody often, they lay enough for a clutch, about 8-12 eggs than quit for a while. sourland is correct, don't expect too many eggs.
     
  9. missythechicken

    missythechicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Are there any crosses I can make between species to make the next generation still sort of a smaller chicken, but lay better eggs?
     

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