Poultry in Urbania

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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?
Comment by Jeffie on July 29, 2009 at 12:21pm
Can anyone tell me at what age a rooster become fertile. Mine are around 4 months old and riding every hen they see! Do I need to worry or not yet?
Comment by Daniel Andrews on July 28, 2009 at 1:49pm
i have the 2.5 l drink bottle as well, it screws into a dish and releases new water as they drink it, but is on a hill and it has a piece if wood underneath to keep it level and it stops the water flowing out all at once, i need to adapt it somehow so that no matter where it is put, on any gradient i wont have to worry about my chooks having no water to drink. Any ideas?

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