The "old" brahma hens are on a roll!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by gritsar, May 29, 2011.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    When my brahma hens turned three years old back in April, I deemed them retired. Retired meaning I will no longer depend on them for eggs to supply my customers. They are welcome to live out their retirement years just being chickens. Lay eggs or not, the brahma girls are my pets.

    Recently the girls were made sick by improper care while we were gone on vacation. They stopped laying and some went into a forced molt. I've worked with them and all is well with my girls again.

    A week or two ago they started laying again at a rate I consider acceptable for 3 year old (non-production) hens; usually 6 eggs a day.

    Yesterday I only got one egg from them. No biggie. In the past I've noticed a cycle where about every three weeks there will be a day when one or sometimes none of them will lay. Everyone deserves a day off.

    Today I got 11 eggs from the brahma girls. I guess they just wanted to remind me that they will always be my best girls. [​IMG]
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    How long will they lay before they go broody?[​IMG]
     
  3. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that was her warning that brodies were on the way~
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:[​IMG] My brahma girls have never gone broody and I don't expect them to start this late in the game.

    I love the look on the face of one of my brahma girls, Chloe, every time a chick crosses her path. It's a real confused look....what the heck is THAT thing and where did it come from?!? [​IMG]
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Never say never.[​IMG] [​IMG] do a little dance [​IMG] n sing a little song [​IMG] walla [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] How the heck did that happen? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Little Goldie didn't go broody until she was 4-5 years old. Just sayin'. [​IMG]
     
  7. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Old Chicks Rule!
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:HUSH! [​IMG]
     
  9. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Crikey, my Brahma girls are always broody....2-3 clutches from each bird per year.

    I always have one or more of them on eggs.....usually more...and they can cover a lot of eggs.

    I have also found my Brahmas to lay for at least 5 years........but we don't have mains water..The water is faintly blue spring water. Now my theory is that the blueness is either copper or radioactivity [​IMG] which may explain the extra-ordinary broodiness, size, egg-laying ability and maybe even the funny green eyes [​IMG] of some of my mob.

    I would have thought your girls should have some laying life left in them yet even if you have mains water.
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I had to stop and think about the placement of their coop for a sec and which water source they are closest to; as that's the one I would get their water from. The brahma girls are on "city water". My other coop is closer to the well, so that's what they get.

    I have a few with green eyes too. [​IMG]
     

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