When & How do I prepare Pullets for Egg laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wlkrvllyny, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. wlkrvllyny

    wlkrvllyny Out Of The Brooder

    May 6, 2011
    First time chick raiser, here! Our chicks are 11 weeks old. My son found an egg under a tree where the chicks usually hang out, but I suspect the egg is really from a laying hen, not the chicks. (we got a grown quartet from a farm, and several chicks this spring) BUT this brings me to think, when will they lay eggs, and how do I teach them?
    The pullets have not been accepted into the quartet's flock. I don't foresee them learning from the other hens, since they chase them away. The pullets have been fully integrated into the henhouse at night for 2 weeks now and they sleep separate from the hens by choice on the roost. The first week or so in the coop at night they were locked in their crate for safety, and allowed to free range by 8 weeks.

    We have 8 nest boxes in the henhouse. The pullets rarely go in the coop except to sleep or when they see me refilling food there. All of them are free range birds. Suggestions welcome please!
  2. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Teach them?
    I believe Ma Nature takes care of that nicely. [​IMG]

    If you mean teaching them where to lay then:

    Do you have nestboxes in your coop?
    If not get ready for an Easter Egghunt.
    Sorry - misread your OP - pullets should seek out the nestboxes as they prefer a sheltered place to lay.
    I have a younger hen in my flock who started laying at about 7mos & none of the older hens (2yrs) ever kept her out of the nestboxes.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2011

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