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Soon to be layers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dragonlair, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pullets hatched on June 14th, so they are getting close to laying age. Since the days are getting shorter, should I put a light in their coop to extend the day so they will lay? (sort of poetic, dontcha think?) And nest boxes, should I wait until they start to lay or put it in before they start? I have a mixed flock, not really sure what they all are, though I do have 3 Polish. I think a couple are Blue Andalusians and a couple more look just like them only they are splash. I think another one is a Leghorn, maybe a couple are EE.

    So, add the nest boxes soon or wait it out until they decide to lay? Light or not?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Put out the nesting boxes at around 14-16 weeks. This will give them time to "practice" in the boxes before they lay.

    Light or no light is a personal decision. I choose to let my hens have a natural break, so I do not add light.
     
  3. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I'll get the boxes set up and ready to put in for practice.
     

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