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weasel478

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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
 

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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.

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Michael OShay

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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 https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this 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.
 

weasel478

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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 ?
 

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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.
 

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