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I'm back with more questions. I have a Blackrock and a Maran. They are almost 19 weeks old.
I have one of the Omlet Chicken Coops, so the nest box is closed off (I have the door currently shut) from their sleeping area.
How will I know when they are ready to start laying? I don't want to open it as its extra cleaning if its not being used for laying, but at the same time I am not sure about keeping it closed as they may start laying any day. Is there a set timeframe I should be thinking about leaving the door open? Thanks.
You can tell if they are not ready to lay if the comb is small and pale. If it starts to grow they are getting ready to lay. When they are laying it is bigger and red, though it does grow a bit after the first few eggs.
Not all hens are the age the breeder says they are. Might be worth googling to find pictures of different age hens to compare.
I had Black Rocks, good choice.
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