We have not gotten any new eggs since we returned. I was told that adding crushed hot red peppers to the feed would keep the hens laying. Chickens need a balanced diet, like one of the commercially available feeds that have been carefully formulated by nutritionists specifically for adult hens.
Herself or other hens could be eating them. On the third day she pecked one egg open and there was a fully formed chick inside but it was not alive. Sign up below to receive weekly updates on new posts from Homestead and Chill.
She continued to sit for two more days
Assuming their coop allows plenty of space, we would suggest that you only let them out in the early afternoon for a couple weeks. Wouldn't that be more humane? She was quick and efficient. Thanks for this article.
I thought maybe they were laying elsewhere so I have locked them up till 5 pm and have got no eggs. The hens start to lay eggs as they attain between 19 and 24 weeks of age. Contact us. Will let you know if I get an egg.
I have one golden sexlink, and she is laying a huge brown egg almost every day, as is the Rhode Island Red hen! We like the Buckeyes as a heritage breed, they seem to be very friendly birds, are good at foraging, and take our Ohio winters well. But the 2nd hen to set a nest -- I kept an eye on her.
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