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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kylea0219, May 19, 2015.
Mine are only 5-6 weeks old. Got a long time to wait yet!
You really can't 'unbroody' a hen. Unless you take the eggs away from her, BEFORE they start to develop the chick. My chickens are laying, well, most of them. The others are either to young to lay, or are broody. My favorite hen (as shown in my profile pic), is broody, she's about 2 years old and has hatched 2 rounds of chicks in the past year, and is working on another now. I let my hens become broody. More chickens, more eggs.
My guess is the Orpingtons
I still remember waiting for my first eggs- its so exciting! Make sure you share the photos when they do...
How are you breaking their habit of sleeping in the nest boxes?! My chickens do that too, And I can't get them to stop. What are you doing to get yours to stop??
Tractor supply has egg cartons
Someone suggested blocking off the nesting boxes until they are closer to laying. Also, raise the roost above the nesting boxes (mine was the same level). Sadly a possum killed by ISA Brown and the Dominique last night.
Aww, I'm sorry about that. Is that all you had?
I have 12 week old chicks 3 Easter egger, 4 buff Orpington and 2 RI red and I know they're still too young to lay but I still check everyday! Can't wait to see te colors of my Easter eggers too!
I have 2 BO and 2 RIRS all are 20 wks old but only one of the RIR has started laying eggs, That would be Lily and believe it or not she's the smallest of them all. She started laying at 19 wks old June 1st. As of today she's laid 8 eggs in 10 days! I can't wait for the others to start laying cause I want to share eggs with the family and friends!
Make sure your roosts are higher than your nest boxes and wide enough for comfortable roosting. Chickens can't grip perches with their feet like other birds, so a wide(at least 3inches), flat roost is preferable. Each bird will need at least 1 foot of linear roost space, as well. Having multiple roosts at varying heights will help. Some dominant hens won't let the lower ranking hens on 'her' roost.