are my hens getting ready to lay?
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Hi Apheng, I'm not sure where you are located, but many breeds don't lay during winter when there are fewer hours of daylight. This is especially true if they are moulting, as their energy goes into growing new feathers. I'm in California, and have 18 hens ranging from 25-35 weeks old and most are just starting to lay — this week. Out of 18 hens, I'm lucky to get three eggs a day. Up from an egg a day last week. Some breeds mature slower than others too but at 7 months I'd think that the season is probably more of a factor than their age. Have you tried putting wooden eggs or gold balls into their nesting boxes? Apparently, this can help them figure things out. Good luck!
Are you having any better luck with setting? Some breeds set and others don't, and they goo broody when their biological clocks go off. As soon as my hens started laying, I had three go broody in a week. I wasn't sure how to stop them, so I gave them fertilized eggs and they hatched out a bunch of chicks. Fascinating experience, but I'm re-homing the chicks.