Five of my "ladies" are 2yrs plus. Submitted by Dawna Mccreery on February 7, 2016 - 10:47pm. Five tips to hatching and raising Silkie chickens. I have 8 laying hens (various ages) . As a chicken owner - you'll need to be prepared it's death. Submitted by jen on February 14, 2016 - 9:37am. I tried. We had some chickens, no eggs would they lay. Despite some information on the internet that blue-earlobed chickens lay blue eggs - that's a myth. You may also need to lower their roost and provide a little extra warmth and comfort. Chickens drink 3 times as much water by weight as they eat. 3 Replies 3674 Views August 28, 2008, 11:56 by Jellyhead : Silkies eggs hatched Started by slowef on The Hen House. (I’ve heard people say that they couldn’t keep chickens because “you have to kill them when they stop laying eggs.” Not true. Chicken lifespans vary widely, with most hens generally living between 3 and 7 years. Thank you. Happy New Years to all and I just joined today. I used diatomaceous earth, boric acid, and offered them sand, DE and wood ash in addition to their normal dirt for bathing in. Holding until still protects the meat from any thrashing and you can take time to thank the chicken for being a big healthy chick. The baby needs to be kept separate and safe from other hens who can get jealous and might kill the chick. While most hens will start laying between 4 & 6 months old, it might just be a little too early for your hen to lay. We have had chickens for years but we would always lose them to coyotes, bobcats, etc. I have 2 isa brown chickens. If you put them on medicated starter feed they will most likely need vitamins. They are black sex links which are good for laying and eating. Chickens live a long time if. He said sometimes they had to do it twice, but it always broke their broodiness. It is much easier this way. A rooster will warn of predators but many folks who raise hens have a safe enclosure so that predators are already deterred. Please keep all comments on topic, folks, or they will be deleted. Wring its neck. Diatomaceous earth....gotta use it! Submitted by Corina on November 19, 2016 - 11:57am, Recently I had 2 hens die in the hen house on the same day. Submitted by Kay T on March 30, 2014 - 9:45pm. My recommendation is to set a light on a timer, as was stated in the article, BUT set it to come on AFTER they sleep for about 8 or 9 hours and then goes off by daylight. Back in the '60's, in a non-urbanized section of Brooklyn NY, my parents had a few chickens for eggs. Every hen is different, just as every person is different. Submitted by 4 ladies on May 2, 2013 - 11:32pm, I have 1 leghorn 2 sexlinks 1 barred rock. An egg could be stuck inside of the hen’s body.  Gently feel around her abdomen area and you may feel the stuck egg.  Add electrolytes and calcium to their diet.  Apply a lubricant to her rear and give her a quiet, private place to lay her egg. You could achieve the same result by putting a dry cleaning bag over its head with a rubber band around its neck. Egg laying is largely dependent on the length of the day, and most hens will stop laying when they receive fewer than 12 hours of daylight. i dont know why. They also don’t start fights and try to keep out of hen house squabbles. I caught her before she was too far gone, started cleaning up around her and her babies, now her babies are 8 weeks and she's OK, her color is back in her comb. The massive egg layers don’t last as long because they lay bunches of eggs. They're laying eggs, now, just like they use-ta, ever since that rooster, came into our yard. About 3 weeks ago Cinderella, an Ameraucana (now renamed Cruella!) Generally, Silkies start laying eggs when they are between 7 and 9 months, but some can take even longer. Place gutted, headless, footless chicken in the third cold water tub next to he wrapping station. Submitted by Dr.Russ on July 24, 2015 - 7:47pm. When I bought my current flock of laying hens (8 of them), it wasn't long before they were little more than clucking targets. Are they getting actual sunlight? They run to me when i come outside. Caution: requires kneeling on the ground. Whether your chickens are ultimately intended for the table or killed simply to end pain or illness and then buried in the back forty, remember that this is your responsibility as a small farm owner. Doing it, and doing it well, means that you’re doing your best by your birds. I was getting 3-4 everyday. I cleaned the coop thoroughly and replaced all the straw with the shavings. Submitted by Brenna Calnan on April 13, 2016 - 9:35am. Do Silkie chickens make good pets? she is walking around and seems to be eating. Recently I put an ad up for my eggs and mentioned at the bottom that I will take in any unwanted hens/roosters. Thanks for any help you can give. My husband travels so guess who cares for them! Submitted by confusedsorensen on March 11, 2014 - 10:06pm. Meant to get the chopped. Hi i keep laying eggs and they are of different age,of late when i'm collecting the eggs i normally find a smaller egg like for a bird. Good luck! One or two continued to lay sporadically throughout the cold, dark days of winter, although most of those eggs froze and cracked before we got out to collect them. If it's diseased; you'll be responsible for euthanizing the bird or allowing it to suffer. Then, grasp their head by gently brushing back the head feathers to just behind the head. Chickens start laying eggs at an average age of 6 months. WHEN DO CHICKENS START LAYING EGGS. I found out that if I held my arm still and just used my wrist action I could kill that bird. Separate this Alpha bird out of the flock for a few days. Wil save this site, and refer back to it to get accurate information. Submitted by Jean Eisenhower on December 8, 2015 - 11:07am. If your floor is direct, pests can get through so you’ll need to cover it in hardware cloth before you put down shavings. Any truth to that? One option, especially if you have very few chickens, is to allow the older hen to contribute to the farm in other ways. Your hens have probably recovered by now, but anytime you change feed you'll see a drop in egg laying. But beep cock and crow away, they will laugh with you remembering the good ole days soon. Hay is better, however they will get used to the shavings. Some breeds begin when they are older, however. You mentioned that year old chickens don't roast well; I think you mentioned stewing them. The third option is to humanely dispose of a chicken. He is eating laying down and occasionally gets a drink. You can tell by looking at their vent as to whether they are still laying. Thanks! Try putting down some treats with the shavings, like dried mealworms. :D Actually, I was born in the boroughs myself at a time my parents were living with my grandparents, who also once had a few chickens in their small yard. My broody hen sat on 11 eggs for 21 days and only one chick hatched out. I knew it was her because I walked past her and she squatted. Apart from the day after we got back, one of my chickens is not laying. If they mate do I need a different rooster? I've had them before and got that kind of production. You are lucky to have had Hopi for 15 years! Those old gals must have thought they had died and gone to chicken heaven! Calm down. Chicks are doing fine. Some go through that number very quickly and then become “spent hens.”  Other birds that take breaks in their laying can lay eggs for a number of years beyond others. If it's the latter, a rooster is not needed, unless you just want one! We were on vacation for two weeks and returned to 3 full nests. Imagine having a roving mosquito and tick eater! Cuckoo Marans, 2 1-y.o. Did you check the bottom of his foot for any redness or swelling or lesions? I have never ever heard of silkies laying that many eggs. You can separate the chick from its mother... put it under a brood heat lamp to keep it warm, provide feed and water for it. My chickens were Rhode Island Red crosses and Barred Rocks, if it matters. A scare from a predator or a family pet can stop laying for several days. The roosters also molt. Straw can get moldy when wet and mites seem to like it because it has hollow stalks. Hens can be sneaky that way as they try to find a private spot. If the ends of the feathers are black, that is what you want to clip off. If a chicken’s life does need to end, we want to do it as painlessly as possible. There are two simple ways: There are a couple of ways to hypnotize or calm the chicken. They are about 5 years old. They have a large run, that is shaded with free access to water and I even have grass growing in boxes for them to get access to fresh grass when they want to, as well. I forget what else she made by slow cooking them but all her meals were wonderful. Good luck to you. Pullets typically start laying eggs at 18-20 weeks. If I gather them in the afternoon they are fine, if I wait till morning when I feed them they are all broken and mostly pushed out of the nest. They went through molting about 2 months ago and I live in central PA; getting colder of course but have good size pen and protection from cold. Are there people that take chickens that don’t lay? I hang my chickens upside down (tie their feet together) on a fence post and use my very sharp pruning loppers to cut off their heads. * ", Submitted by Denise T on October 21, 2019 - 12:23pm, LOL! That’s less than three eggs per week. I have Harcos, which should be laying at 75% - nine eggs per day per twelve hens. Submitted by wendyeyoung on May 18, 2015 - 6:17am. In the article above it was stated that a chickens life span was 3 to 7 years. Molting occurs in the fall. Owners are lucky to get 100 eggs per year out of them. Submitted by Dena on November 27, 2018 - 8:18pm, Submitted by Michelle on March 30, 2016 - 7:36pm. Place chicken into first cold tub and leave until totally chilled through maybe 1/2 hour. One day a rooster came into our yard. Submitted by Tallymom on April 15, 2013 - 10:46am. She has not laid an egg since then and has gotten fat. You should have one box for every 4 hens.  Boxes should be 18 inches off of the ground. Submitted by Mark on October 7, 2019 - 12:16pm. Can you maybe tell me what happened, her comb kept getting dull and faded, Submitted by Criss on June 7, 2015 - 12:54pm. She may not feel comfortable enough with you or the area she has to lay them. Water consumption may vary with certain factors, such as temperature. Next firmly pull and twist your hand upwards quickly holding the chicken until it is still. they quit laying in the winter and my grandmother, (part Native American) told me to go out to the hay manger and gather up some alfalfa leaves. i have a hen that has been injured on her backside. Many hens will not lay if they feel scared. Submitted by lategirl on March 19, 2013 - 9:49pm. Silkies are not exactly high performers when it comes to laying eggs. 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