Ok people another question for you!
I know it must of been asked before, We got our girls about a month ago, they are hybrid hens and were at the point of laying which i understand is between 16-20 weeks, however did not know how long the lady has had them.
They have all settled in very well eating and drinking and exploring the garden with great interest.
Would like to know when we might start see some eggs?
I understand it's about the amount of daylight and have read that some chickens start laying in January, also read that someone had chickens for a most a year before they started laying.
Any ideas guy's, look forward to hearing your thoughts.
if they are early hybrids, hatched the first qtr of 09.. and if they started laying before winter, they may continue right through.. if not, they should start laying after the next bout of sunny weather.. if they are the previouse years birds.. i think your probably looking at mid feb to march.. if they are pure breds..any time within the next 12 months.. my eggs started increasing just before xmas..all that lurvelly frosty sunshine..
Slithered out this morning to feed hens, ducks wild birds etc. as usual. Got mugged by four robins and two blackbirds because I was a bit late - my bed was extremely cosy and none of the dogs seemed to want to get up either, sheer bliss. Anyway, despite not looking so happy in this freezing weather, I discovered that one of my girls had laid me an egg. Not a blue one like before in November, but a beautiful big white egg. Tell me how is it in this modern world with shops and supermarkets with everything you could ever want in them, that one white smooth egg should give such pleasure and a tremendous feeling of satisfaction?
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My hens took a long time to lay, happy as Larry they were but no eggs, they got called Soup, Hotpot and Stew because if they didn't get on with it that is what they were going to be. Still we had them for quite a while and when they finally stopped laying for good they continued to fertilise the garden.
Anyone further south got any eggs yet, friends in Scotland had them in the new year, family in Wales 2 weeks ago, anyone raise me or see me????
Wondering how much longer I will need to keep buying them, and when I will be inundated.... why is keeping chooks a case of feast or famine? Also wondering when I am inundated, what do people do with their surplus, apart from pressing them into the hands of every visitor who comes whether they want them or not, (do that already), and if anyone mentions pickled eggs......
Last year we provided some friends with eggs all year for a trailer of wood from their land that had been cut down, but no trees this year so.......?????????
Does anyone freeze and how, only just got a 'real' freezer so would love to know if this is possible.
Raenbow, we had our first two eggs of the season in the past 10 days. Both probably from a new layer. Our tiny flock is growing older, so less productive.
I never hear of freezing but, years ago (like 40), my mum used to store the summer eggs in an old tin bathtub filled with an isinglass solution, Those eggs kept us going through most of the winter months. Although, perhaps our nanny state and the Health and Safety regulations may have different views these days. I have not Googled it.
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It's probably just due to the winter, but it might be a good idea to check for red mites...just in case.
If the chickens are suffering from mites this can put them off laying.
If this is the case...
Apparently, pouring coke into any crevices in the coup will disolve the coating on the mites and they will die. Also, adding a small amount of crushed garlic into the chook's water will make them distasteful to the mites.
Thanks Davewbrown, do the garlic thing already, think it's probably just cold and as we're a long way south, shorter days. Spoke to another expat and she had had some eggs last week, so maybe soon. You could be right Danny, our girls are 2, so not new layers, how long do they lay for? I also have less hens than last year, and 1 old girl who we inherited is not laying anymore. Oh well, looks like I may have to buy eggs again this week!
Have heard of isinglass solution, not sure I could get it here, and sure you are right about H&S. But Im sure I read once you can freeze them (whisked possibly) and use them in cakes etc. But don't quote me, I may have made that up!!
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