When should I replace my flock.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cclev, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. Cclev

    Cclev In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2012
    When should I hatch a new flock out of my best 4 hens? What year they will only be 1 in march and I'm itching to incubate some. Already have a couple people wanting me to hatch them some. [​IMG]

  2. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

    Sep 2, 2014
    Canton, Ohio

    If you have the room I will raise new batch every spring, so you'll have layers all the time and every third year you can get rid of the older batch. Just my opinion.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Generally, i replace my layers every 18 months or so (where i live, hens lay eggs all year round, so i don't have to plan around winters and non-laying). That means every year, I aim to set eggs to replace existing stock (although i have been known to get a little carried away [​IMG]).

    I think many peeps in the temperate latitudes do as Spartan22 does in order to ensure a year-round egg supply, which makes perfect sense.
  4. Cclev

    Cclev In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2012
    Thanks I'll probably raise some every year I have plenty of room. Was also thinking about building another coop [​IMG]
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    A small grow out coop and small run is nice. Works as a breeder pen, cockerel pad and broody buster or place for hen to incubate. If busting broodies I pull hen out each morning and close coop door so she is in run all day. A small coop is practically essential even if it's unoccupied 8 months of the year. Mines a wee 3x3ft in a 8x8 covered run.

    Keep hens for as long as they are productive. With hatchery birds I use to cull them in fall before they molted or started to molt. 2.5 years old. Some birds are productive longer but generally the production birds peter out third year so no need to feed them all molt and winter. I hatch every spring so try to sell a lot of year old layers cheap that don't make the breeding cut.
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    I hatch yearly. Remove the older birds. Do you have housing for peeps, enough room to integrate them into existing flock, exit plan for the extras and for the cockrels? IMO a bachelor pad is imperative for any one who hatches.
  7. Cclev

    Cclev In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2012

    I'm probably going to make a coop/run that's size. How long would you keep 2 dozen in it? I have RIR from a local sotherstates I got last march. Was going to hatch off my best 4 hens and sell the others come fall when my fresh flock started laying.

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