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delaware hens when do they start laying

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i have 2 delaware hens.they were hatched in may or june.think they are about 30 weeks old or so.should they be laying yet  they are on layer mash.i noticed one of them has slightly bigger comb and wattles than the other and getting redder . thanks.

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Hmm.. they SHOULD be laying, but aren't knwn for their hugr production. If they were born in June they would be roughly 24-28 weeks old- however, my delawares are horrible layers in the winter, and I notice you're in Maine. The cold and short days aren't helping. Are you lighting them (a 75 watt buld on from dusk till 8 pm? That might help.

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Mine were hatched May 28th and they just started about 3 weeks ago. I have 7 hens and I am getting 7-8 a day. These guys are laying machines!!!

Hubby and Dad, Wife, 2 boys (19 & 13) 1 girl(6), 1 Partridge Cochin Roo, 12 Delawares, 2 Austrolorps, 7 Partridge Cochins, 1 Silver Laced Cochin,3 Cuckoo Marans, 7 Black Marans,10 guineas, 25 NEW CHICKS!!!! and one BIG Bernese Mountain dog(160lbs).
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Hubby and Dad, Wife, 2 boys (19 & 13) 1 girl(6), 1 Partridge Cochin Roo, 12 Delawares, 2 Austrolorps, 7 Partridge Cochins, 1 Silver Laced Cochin,3 Cuckoo Marans, 7 Black Marans,10 guineas, 25 NEW CHICKS!!!! and one BIG Bernese Mountain dog(160lbs).
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i bought some led lights battery operated put them in coop monday hopefully it will help turned them on at 3am gets dark at 4pm .

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My Delaware pullet, Kira, is 23 weeks old and began laying yesterday. These are breeder Delawares, not hatchery stock, if that makes any difference. I expect the other one to begin any day now, too.

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   www.blueroocreations.com, where every artisan is a veteran or the spouse of a veteran, is moving!

Blue Roo Creations Etsy Shop is open for business during the move! Click Here!

Mountain View Heritage Poultry, Home of Nazi Rooster & The One Spur Wonder

URGENT! Always Quarantine Newly Purchased Birds!
~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

 
 

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My Delaware is about 29 weeks now and she finally laid her first egg 2 days ago.  I was THRILLED!  I was hoping for another egg from her today and she laid it - right from her roost...kersplat.  Broke in half...ick. tongue  Silly chicken!  idunno  I think it was because she saw me rooting around the nest boxes (I was a bit impatient, thinking I missed something LOL).

I'm finally getting 'the squat' from all my hens - it's so cute!  Now I'm a member of the 'squat' club! LOL.

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