When will she lay again after becomming a mama?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickchick, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. chickchick

    chickchick In the Brooder

    Nov 13, 2007
    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.
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    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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    Last edited: Oct 2, 2008
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    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 !!!!!
  4. MamaDragon

    MamaDragon Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    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.


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