south ms newbie

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by weasel478, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. weasel478

    weasel478 Hatching

    Sep 30, 2014
    Live in Poplarville ms new to raising chickens. We have 3, don't know what kind 2 are white and one of them is a rooster both about 3-4 months old. have a brown/orange ish hen just sat 24 days on 11 eggs and only got 1 chic?
    looking to get some more if anyone in the area has any please let me know thanks -- chuck

    Also hope to learn a lot from this site all comments welcome
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    The other eggs might have not been fertile or sadly, just didn't make it. Your hen will be happy to raise just the one but you can ask around here for more chicks.

    Good luck!
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    3 and 4 month olds are pretty young to be fertile, female or male. So the eggs were probably all duds with the exception of the one. Or the females were not developed enough to produce fertile eggs or brood them properly. I would wait until these birds are older before you bother with hatching eggs.

    Good luck in the future and welcome to our flock!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If the young one is the only male you have - he will do better with age.
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Chuck. Glad you decided to join our flock. If you can post some pics of your 3 birds, we can probably identify them for you. Also, you might want to post their pics on our What Breed or Gender is This? section at and let our experts there take a look at them. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting fertile eggs.
  7. weasel478

    weasel478 Hatching

    Sep 30, 2014
    Thanks for the reply to my post I guess I should have been a little more specific, but I was given 1 mama hen with 2 chicks the mama hen was the one laying and sitting on these eggs. I don't know how old she is. a friend gave us some eggs that were supposed to be fertile once she started sitting. 21-24 days later just 1 chick. how long before baby chick can fend for himself How long before mama hen starts laying eggs again? and also about how long before my other hen will start to lay eggs I think she is about 4-5 months old? also 1 more how often does a hen start sitting like is it once every 3 month or 6months ?
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Usually the chicks will stay with the mother about 6-8 weeks, some hens will take care of their chicks longer than that. Most seem to start laying again when the chicks are around 3-4 months old (if they don't go into molt) but that also depends on what breed they are, some chicken breeds lay a lot more eggs than others. Same with your other hen, most will lay by around 6 months, but some breeds are earlier, some later. How often a hen will become broody also varies, the really broody ones like many Silkies will often go broody 4+ times a year every three or four months, the ones not quite as broody maybe once a year or so, often in the spring.
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    X2 on Kelsie2290's advice. Good luck with your flock!
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

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