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WarescotFarm

  • Joined Jun 2012
How long until they lay again
« on: July 10, 2012, 09:53:51 pm »
My hens have been broody for 8 weeks, finally they hatched some chicks (eaten over the weekend) and now they are up and about again and not broody - HURRAY!
How long till they lay, 2 out of 3 layers not working has been a real pain!
Miniature Falabella, Pygmy Goat, 2 Glouster Old Spots, 1 Long Island Red, 1 Light Sussex, 1 Dark Sussex, 1 Silkie, 1 Magpie Duck and hopefully some more chicks and ducklings due to hatch soon!

chrismahon

  • Joined Dec 2011
  • Gascony, France
Re: How long until they lay again
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2012, 07:42:32 pm »
At least two weeks WarescotFarm, sometimes three or more. This is the reason people break broodies as fast as possible. It takes a lot out of the hens as well. We've put ours daytime only in a large cage with a 12mm mesh bottom standing on logs. Most one has done is 2 weeks, several only lasted one or two days. Clip-on feeder and drinker then nest boxes blocked at night so she has to sleep on the floor or a perch. We have stopped leaving them out overnight when one died earlier in the year.

 

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