When should I be expecting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kitty22496, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. kitty22496

    kitty22496 Out Of The Brooder

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    My jersey giant male has "mounted" my black sex link hen (who is ready to start laying) at least 10 times in the last 3 days. He is old enough to fertilize.
    She has never laid eggs she is 20 weeks old. I've checked her hips and they are separated, she's been squating for 2 1/2 weeks and her vent has "opened."
     
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Anytime soon i should imagine. I seem to recall reading that hatching from new layers is not necessarily desirable as the small egg size can hamper development. Not sure, so maybe others with more experience on the subject can verify.

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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Do you free range?
    She sure sounds like she's laying, she may be laying out in range area.

    Do you want to hatch eggs?
    If so, pullet eggs can be hatched,
    chicks will be smaller but usually catch up just fine,
    but it is best to wait until eggs are bigger.
     
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  4. kitty22496

    kitty22496 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a really big dog kennel I keep them in. They have nesting boxes and roosts. (We have foxes in our area)
     
  5. Astrid Bencosme

    Astrid Bencosme New Egg

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    Hello. I have two bantam Cochin, they are about 8 months now and no eggs yet. Any advice???
     
  6. kitty22496

    kitty22496 Out Of The Brooder

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    Make sure they have plenty of calcium. Make sure they have boxes and plenty plenty plenty of water. I read that 14 hour days help them to lay. So you might have to get an artificial light to put near your chickens to make sure their getting enough daytime(depending on where you live and the season) I use to live between two mountains so I didn't get much day time.
     
  7. freepebs2016

    freepebs2016 Out Of The Brooder

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    When should I be expecting eggs from my silkie hen? She is 11 weeks old now
     
  8. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    11 weeks is too young. Most hens start to lay sometime between 16-24 weeks. Your results may vary.
     
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