up and down count

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MayhemMarr, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. MayhemMarr

    MayhemMarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so my flock I got this spring I have twenty pullets amber sex links and black sex links and 1 white leghorn of a mystery age but I am guessing she is pretty young as she does not lay every day and her eggs seem kind of on the small size. well lately I am not getting that many eggs after getting 18 eggs for a few days then it went to 18 on day and 12 the next ?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    With shorter days, production usually drops but not quite so dramatically with young birds. Some birds will also molt their first autumn. Are you seeing lots of feathers about?
     
  3. MayhemMarr

    MayhemMarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes there are quite a few fluffy looking feathers though this is my first flock so it might not really be a lot, I also keep them confined to the run 3-4 days out of the week do to having to run errands and on the other days I let them free range at least half the day
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    If any are molting, they'll start to look a bit scruffy but it will also look like someone had a pillow fight in there.
    With 20 birds, it wouldn't be unusual to have at least one molting this time of year even if it is their first autumn.
    Next year this time, they'll all be going through it.
     
  5. MayhemMarr

    MayhemMarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no one looks scruffy yet though my leghorn looks kinda thin in comparison to the others lol
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Did you get them as day olds...so you know exactly how old they are?
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

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    Leghorns are much thinner than sexlinks.
     
  8. MayhemMarr

    MayhemMarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got them from TSC I think they were day olds it was their first batch in
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

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    They were day old when they shipped. Depends on how long they had them but you have a very good handle on age.
     
  10. MayhemMarr

    MayhemMarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we got them the second day of "Chick days" I wanted to go the first day but hubby had to work so I had to wait :)
     

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