When will she lay again after becomming a mama?

chickchick

In the Brooder
12 Years
Nov 13, 2007
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Portland, Oregon
HOw long a break does a hen take after she hatches her clutch before she goes back to laying regularly? I guess this assumes that she will be raising them too.
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
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Adair Co., KY
I had one that started laying the day after she left her chicks (at around 2&1/2 months old), one that lost her eggs twice, and started laying 2 weeks to the day after, and one that has started laying already, and still has chicks with her. They just all pile in the nest together. It just depends on the bird, but I would think pretty soon after they leave the chicks, just hard to tell how long that takes!

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swtangel321

~Crazy Egg Lady~
11 Years
Jul 11, 2008
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It all depends on the hen, I have a silkie who hatched chicks 4-5 months ago and took about 4 months to start laying again, she layed for about 3 weeks and became broody again !!!! Silly hens !!!!!
 

MamaDragon

Songster
11 Years
Aug 4, 2008
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Camden, AR
Our White Leghorn sat and raised a small clutch this summer. The chicks are now 9 weeks old, and Mama just started laying again this week. She still has her "babies" with her, and they patiently wait on the side of the nest box while Mama lays her egg, then they all go back out in the yard when she's done.

Kathy
 

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