TOTAL Newbie at this

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by debilorrah, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    We bought 6 hens and 1 rooster (no idea what kind they are) three days ago. How long until they lay? And what am I supposed to feeding them? and is straw enough for nests or do they need shavings?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you know how old the hens are? I'm a total noobie too!

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  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Welllll.... I know that the guy we bought them from said the older ones are about a year and the younger ones 3-5 months. the rooster is HUGE and even tries to coop the rabbit that is with them. Too funny. But I feel like I have no idea what I am doing!
     
  4. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you've only had them for a few days, give them time to settle in. You'll not get any eggs from 3-month-olds though.

    [​IMG] good luck!
     
  5. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    They usually begin to lay at around 5 months. Just give it a little time, because if they are nervous from being moved, they quit laying sometimes, too.

    You should post pictures if you can. We will help you figure out the breeds [​IMG]

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    Edited to add: The straw will be fine. They can use either shavings or straw, no matter. Just feed them Flockraiser until you see the first egg. Then you can switch them over to Layena, if you want.
     
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  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Thanks! The youngest one, of course the smallest, keeps trying to take ALL the roosters attention. Too funny!
     
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

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    I finally figured this out - here is my favorite one. I need to get pics of the others.

    Thanks!
     
  8. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is that a buff orp? (just a guess.... I'm still learning) [​IMG]
     
  9. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    Looks like a Buff Orpington [​IMG]
     
  10. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cool! did you check your PMs?
     

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