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It's really not that uncommon (General Discussion)

by Barbara, Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 22:06 (187 days ago) @ Lisa Nelson

First-time layers seem to lay a little earlier than they do in subsequent laying seasons. The hens will start when their reproductive sysems are mature, and that can vary quite a bit depending on environmental conditions, diet, lighting, temperature, etc. Occasionally, a hen may even start to lay in the fall of the year she is hatched.

You might want to consider that early layers may not be producing fertile eggs. Just because the hens are laying doesn't mean that the males are ready to breed. It might be best to take the eggs for eating during the winter. Besides the possibility that they aren't viable, it is more difficult to care for any keets that are hatched during the colder months.


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