Originally Posted by Baygirl
I have Wyonettes and Orpingtons. I live in the south near the water. A few of the girls have been molting but not all of them. They are showing signs of maturing. Most of there combs are red. Only a few of them are showing the submissive squat. I just put some golf balls in their nesting boxes to see if any interest but so far none. Our weather has been one week on the cool side and then the next back to warm. I know that can have an effect on things but really just getting a little worried about all of them. If they haven't started laying by the end of November what can I do?
You can wait....lol.....sorry, but that's really all you can do.
Do you free range? They might be laying out in the range area.
Signs of onset of lay---I've found the pelvic points to be the most accurate.
If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.
This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.
Combs and Wattles:
Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.
Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.
Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!
2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.