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    • CommentAuthorfoghornleghorn
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 4:57pm (May 8th 2010) edited
    i recently purchased my first chickens and a cockeral (black leghorns )3 birds in total but other than knowing the basics of feeding watering and housing them i dont know much else theyve been in their new coop a week now should the hens have started laying ? and wiil they lay ? when i got the birds home ther was an egg in the box and im prety sure it wasnt ther when i put them in is ther anything i can do to help things along
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 7:17pm (May 8th 2010) edited
    Hi Foghornleghorn great to have you aboard!!:bigsmile:
    bringing your new hens home and introducing them to there new home is quite a big ordeal for them so give them time to settle in to there new surroundings and make sure they have there layers pellets and fresh water all the time and everything will be just fine they usually start laying between 19 and 24 weeks old but with all Hens if there is a big ordeal in there life like moving home or the loss of another or getting frightened of something this will upset there laying for a few days but it will return.
    There will be others along to advise you to nice to here from you.
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 8:14pm (May 8th 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    :welcome: Foghornleghorn; hope you don't mind but I moved your original post so that more people will see it (it was being pushed off the bottom of the page in the other category!)

    Congrats on getting your chickens!

    How old are they?

    If they have already laid before, they are probably just taking a break from laying after the stress of being moved into a new home. Give them a couple of weeks or a month to start laying, depending on their age, and they should get into the swing of things again - especially with the longer days now! The egg that has already been laid could have been already in the system of whoever laid it before the stress of moving.

    Give your chickens layers pellets to help give them all they need to produce eggs. You can also give them some corn in the evenings if you want too. Grit is an essential for chickens (especially if they are confined), as it allows them to digest the food they are given. You can also offer them oyster shell, ground egg shells, or calcium-rich foods which will help strengthen the shells of their eggs when they lay.

    Good luck!