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Old 07-13-2008, 12:56 AM   #1
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Smile How to get a Chicken to start laying eggs?

I have a mish-mash of Chickens.
I was given an Adult Barred Rock and a Rhode Island red.
Then we bought 8 funny looking things from Australia. They are about six months old right now.

And then four Reddish looking things that are not Rhode Islands. It turned out to be three roosters and a hen. Two roosters have been eaten already.

The Barred Rock and the Rhode Island hens are almost a year old and one of them is laying a pinkish/Tan egg. The other is not laying.
Any ideas on how to get the Rhode Island to start laying?

You guys will laugh at this one. I have a Pet chicken.
It was raised by a woman who constantly picked it up and petted it. Talked to it and hand fed it. It's so spoiled it expects that from anybody who approaches.

The woman had to leave, so I wound up with it. I put it in a cage on the ground.
It wants company so bad it even makes eyes at the Barn cats.
One day last week I watched a groundhog eating grass. It came right up by her cage. She just went nuts trying to get that Groundhog's attention.
Of course he didnt pay her any mind at all.
The animal world can be soooo interesting.
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:56 AM   #2
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Any ideas on how to get the Rhode Island to start laying?
Put a gulf ball in her nest.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:18 AM   #3
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Wow...by this time they should be laying, unless they are roosters

I got mine as day old chicks at the feed store back around early Feb. of this year, I got my first egg on June 23rd. It takes them a while and egg production will increase, I have gone from one a day to now getting 6 a day. The eggs will be small but size will increase as they mature.

Do you keep them in a coop or allow them to free range?...perhaps if you allow them to roam as they please they are laying eggs elsewhere, mine did...I found 7 eggs out by the edge of the garden. I locked them in the coop until they became accustomed to laying eggs in there. Also like fwinters said, I put a couple of golf balls in each nesting box.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:36 PM   #4
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These two are mature. About a year old.
I'll try the Golf ball trick, but I thought that was to get a hen to set on Fertile eggs?

The others are all from April Chicks and should be laying in September.
One is a Rooster. He's crowing and strutting his stuff right now.
I told him he'd better get the ladies in the laying mood soon or he's not going to be the Toughest Rooster in the Coop, he's gonna be the only Rooster in the Soup!
He has a double Comb. I spose' I should get some photos of that before it changes.

The Feed store says to keep feeding em' Chick Starter till they start laying.
I did throw some Oyster shell in the coop to get them started scratching.

We dont let em' out.
I have a nice big coop. 7' hi, 15' long and 12' wide. Dirt floor, roost poles all over the place. 8 metal nest boxes about four feet off the floor.
Sturdy Chicken wire or 1"x2" all around. Plenty of air for them.
Two feeders, each 30" across the bottom and a Five gallon water supply.
The Wood wall is only 3' hi and only on the side facing the weather.

I threw a couple wheel barrow loads of Grass cuttings in there for them to scratch around in. They love it. That stuff is gonna make good compost this fall.
I lined the nests with it too. It looks like they are only using one of the nest boxes right now. One light colored egg a day! ALways in the same nest box.
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:25 PM   #5
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Sorry but just could not let this one slide.Hope no one will take it wrong.

*** WHAT YOU GOT TO DO IS JUST GO OUT TO THE CHICKEN
AND C~H~O~K~E THAT THING.***
Have a good one and like they say there is always one in the group.
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Old 07-13-2008, 02:34 PM   #6
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Okay!

I am an ex-chicken magnate. Questions?

Are they free range or penned?
Free range they may be laying and you just don't know where to look.
Oops- just saw your second post.

Combs, on the hens, are they bright red or dullish in appearance?
A bright red comb sometimes can indicate a hen that is not laying, laying hens will usually have a dullish colored comb. Compare to the rooster for color. a pullet will have a dull red comb until the time she gets close to laying. The comb will then turn bright red and stay that way until she starts laying.

Are you sure they are 6 months old?
You should start getting pullet eggs as early as 4 1/2 months, smallish malformed eggs. then around six months the eggs should become the more usual eggs that you see in the store.

Chick starter feed?
I used to use chick starter for like 3 or 4 weeks, then swith to Chick Grower and I would continue to feed that until about 5 months then swith to laying mash. Supplemented with cracked corn, oyster shell and Carnation Calf Manna. I used the cracked corn to make a nice yellow strong yolk, the oyster shell to keep the chickens fron pecking their own eggs and the Manna as a protien supplement for health.
Just about the time I quit fooling with chickens Purina came out with a Starter/Grower ration that you feed until laying started. Never used it.

Suggestions.

Try regulating the amount of light they get. 16hrs light either daylight or electric will help stimulate laying.

Pet chicken- Not laughing at all, had a rooster myslf, named him Gregory Peck.
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Pet chicken- Not laughing at all, had a rooster myslf, named him Gregory Peck.
Good one !!!
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:21 PM   #8
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Good one !!!
Maybe a candlelight dinner, with some soft music playing and a nice botle of chianti...

But I think I found your problem

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Set out the chopping block, axe & skillet, maybe that will get their attention! Sorry, just had to say that! ~~ grnspot110
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:04 AM   #10
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Twentynine,
Thanks for an informative post.
You pay atention to details. I never noticed the difference in the shade and color of Combs.
I'll check into that tomorrow though.
Here's my double comed Rooster.


I discovered today, our Pet Chicken has been laying. She hid the eggs behind some Hedge growing in her pen. I got four out of there and they are nearly adult sized and not deformed at all.

I think my Rhode Islend Red is sick. I noticed her sitting on the floor all day today. I'll get her out from the rest of the Chickens tomorrow.

On that feed: I was suspicious the Feed guy was pushing Starter. I'll get Grower or laying mash later this week. I buy from a Co-op to help the rest of us out, and I get a little bit of a price break .

We had a place near DeRidder LA and raised Chickens for our freezer. We gave the hens to our friend. She has some that are 4 years old and are still laying pretty well.

A few years ago I was given a huge Rhode island Red Rooster. My Teenaged boy put him in the pen with the hens and the jumped right on them.
The Boy named him "Harvey Chicken banger", after a popular drink at the time.
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(Then we bought 8 funny looking things from Australia. They are about six months old right now.)
show me a pic so i can help you.
1)look for high protein feed in your laying mash 16% plus
2)Make sure that they are not laying some where else (This is where the golf ball coms in handy it tricks them to lay in that nest)
3) if they are moulting or stressed by cats, dogs,axe etc they won't lay
have a look http://rochedaleproduce.com.au/
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:27 AM   #12
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1) Grasp firmly.
2) Shake vigorously!


... oh, wait... that's for scrambled eggs...


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Old 07-15-2008, 09:38 AM   #13
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Thanks Dave.
They are Austrolopes. I'll get a photo later on today.
Wife says she got them in May (Six weeks old) so they are nearyly 5 months old.
Thanks for the link. I'll get to it when I have more time later today.
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I have been pondering the ideas of getting chickens. I have some questions may be some one can answer. How many chicken per rooster would I need for a family of 3 people? When should I buy chicks, now, fall, or spring? I also plan to coop them, but will aloww some free ranging. How much area should I keep fenced in around the coop to allow proper room for the chickens?

Any help is greatly appriciuated as I have never had chickens before.
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Hi crafthorse min 2 hens to rooster as big as you can with the coop

austrolopes are norm black or white here is a nother link that might help
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