Poultry in Urbania

A group all about how to keep poultry including chickens, bantams,geese and ducks. Help with problems or questions and to brag about your special feathered friends.

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Comment by Sarah Gathercole on August 7, 2009 at 5:10am
I would love to have some chickens, despite my husband telling me we don't have enough space. I have put a proposal forward to scrap the lawn as it's no use to us and repace it with more veg beds and a small chicken run. I don't want many chickens, happy with just 2 or 3, but I know nothing about them and am not sure how much space even just a couple would need ideally. They are not going to be able to be free roaming as we have no fence round our garden so the run will be their only space. Any advice welcome!
Comment by Helen Leggatt on August 6, 2009 at 1:34pm
Cheers Jamie. Just a thought - compared to their lit cages my chook house is probably quite dark (although they're free to leave it as soon as sun rises). I wonder if this could be putting back their lay? Hmmm
Comment by Jamie on August 6, 2009 at 1:28pm
Hi Helen, I have 2 rescued caged girls since mid June, and have only had 12 eggs total, and all from the same girl. Am starting to be a bit unsure about the other, and I think settling does take time. I just think after being forced by light etc to lay furiously a rest is well- deserved.
Comment by Helen Leggatt on August 5, 2009 at 5:20pm
Hmm, should I be concerned. I have had the chooks since mid-May (rescued caged girls) and it's now early August and only one is laying, as far as I can ascertain. I have checked the undergrowth etc (they are free rangers) and can find no hidden stashes of eggs... isn't this rather a long time for them to be off the lay? Might I be doing something wrong? (I've had chooks for near on 5 yrs but these are first rescued girls). They are Hylines.
Comment by Nikki Dillon on August 1, 2009 at 2:02pm
My chooks are first timers too. The 3 kids had them from Santa at around 11 weeks. The Wyandotes started laying in June, and the Orpington started last week. They really do make good presents for children, don't they. Chickens we've had previously never totally stopped laying but only laid one or two a week for 6 weeks or so over winter. We're told that Orpingtons keep laying well once they get started though - I'll let you know next year!
Comment by Michelle on July 31, 2009 at 11:01pm
My girls are only youngsters so they have only just become mature enough to lay.
My three oldest were about 12 weeks old when we got them at easter. they were easter presents for my boys coz they can't have chocolate. They perfer their chooks to chocolate any day ;^)
Comment by Helen Leggatt on July 31, 2009 at 10:53pm
How long were your girls off the lay for?
Comment by Michelle on July 31, 2009 at 10:44pm
I've now got 4 chooks laying as of today. My little silkie goes into the hutch where the others lay (not her own hutch). All 4 lay in the same place.
Only one more, my littlest silkie to start laying.
Me and my boys are eating more eggs than we ever have before. YUM
Comment by Nikki Dillon on July 31, 2009 at 8:18pm
Yay! All 3 chooks are now laying daily! Chocolate brownies (my 4-egg recipe) are now back on the menu!
Comment by Cynthia Chapman on July 29, 2009 at 12:28pm
I think it's around 23 weeks?

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