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Old 04-09-2015, 04:28 PM
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Hay, Guys, Any breeders out there ever had a very young hen, less than 3 months old start laying eggs?? There are no nest signals and hen is in a mixed group with Papa, Sunny Sky, almost done weaning the second clutch. Parents are both very gentle with no signs of aggression toward chicks when ma started to lay eggs again, Ma was finishing feeding two in the box and dad was weaning the first three of the second clutch. The hen was separated from the second clutch and the nest box removed leaving all chicks of 2nd clutch on the floor of breeder cage with a wire cover where the nest box usually sits in the cage. The Whole family, both clutches, have been moved to a larger 3' x 4' flight cage with flight challenges built in to strengthen flight muscles and time in the soft net for longer flight and landing opportunities before they will go to the baby walk in flight.

Minnie Mouse is from the first clutch with Mighty Mouse the other and a male. I do not believe the eggs are fertile as We have seen no mating behavior. the second clutch was a fast turn around and only a little over a
month behind in maturity. The eggs are small and thin shell. the hen is source of the eggs as all other hens are not completely weaned and she has a distinct soft egg belly. I removed the first egg as it was cracked and so she has presented us with another. I do not want to isolate her from her family so young. Sky is due to move to an adult cage in a day or so. We are hearing almost no petitions from the peanut gallery for food from dad.

This is certainly a hormone signal come too early. She is bonded to mighty mouse who was in the first clutch with her. I am reluctant to break the bond if there is another way.!!??? Any Suggestions?? New experience for us!!!

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Old 04-09-2015, 04:52 PM
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Wow, I hope someone is able to offer you some help/advice for this new experience, Jo Ann!
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Oh my, I never had that happen so soon with any of my chicks.
I have heard of budgies starting to lay as soon as 5 months old, but never below 3 months of age.
I hope your young budgie girl will soon stop her egg production.
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Thanks Deb, and Aluz for your support. The youngest I have ever experienced was a 7mo old hen and I was able to hold her off till she was 9 months old when she started to lay. this little girl is healthy and active. It just is not good for one so young loosing calcium when she is still in great need to finish growing herself. Hopefully someone will be able to shed some light on this situation.

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