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Buying Egg Layers | Forum

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admin Jul 16 '16
Most new chicken keepers are looking to get a reliable number of eggs for their household.  Many of the top egg-producing breeds can be traced to Mediterranean breeds of chickens such as Leghorns.
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admin Jul 16 '16

These breeds however do not give good quality meat. Dual purpose breeds have become very popular and remain good egg layers.


Once you have purchased your chickens there are a few basic regulations that must be adhered to for transporting your chickens to their new home.

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admin Jul 16 '16

A few tips in this area though:

Journey times must be kept to a minimum

Your chickens must be fit to travel

Those handling your chickens must be competent

Your chickens must be transported in a way not to cause injury or undue suffering.

Your chickens must not be injured in loading or unloading from their boxes

Your chickens must have ample space and be secure


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admin Jul 16 '16
Most ex-battery hens fall into this category and breeds that are in their first year or later of laying. The seller should be able to advise on the producing number of eggs of the chicken at this age.  As chickens become older the number of eggs will likely fall although high-yielding hybrids may continue to lay a satisfactory number of eggs if correctly fed well beyond the first year.
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admin Jul 16 '16

Chickens that have adult feathers and no longer require outside heat in the form of lamps to provide sufficient warmth are around the 10 week old region. 


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admin Jul 16 '16

These young birds will take several weeks before they are ready to lay.  


Young birds however do come cheaper and you can establish a relationship with them from an earlier age. Young birds require growth pellets.