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Egg Laying

Which hens are laying?

If you aren’t getting as many eggs as you know you should be getting from your flock, how do you tell which hens are laying and which ones aren’t? There are a number of different ways to tell, some practical and some not so practical. I’ll go over the most accurate approach and then the…

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How to Maintain a Productive Laying Flock

Black Australorp Hen

In this article, based on a talk that I’ve given for several years at the Homestead Fair, I’ll give you a basic framework and some techniques to help you keep a productive laying flock. This is written for small-scale production, on a family homestead or small farm, not for large-scale commercial egg laying. What does…

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When do Black Australorps Start Laying Eggs?

black australorp eggs

Black Australorps hatched in Spring and early Summer (April through June in the Northern Hemisphere) typically start to lay their first eggs at around 6-7 months of age, in my experience. But other things can influence that: the type of food that you have them on (starter/grower versus layer feed) the time of year at…

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