19.2 weeks and still no eggs yet?....UPDATE!!!!!


11 Years
Jan 21, 2009
Kalispell, Montana
I'm beginning to get concerned and impatient! I'm reading here where normal hens are laying as early as 15 weeks. My girls are over 19 weeks old, I have 4 Rhode Island Reds, 4 Buff Orpingtons, and 4 Barred Rocks. I am new to chicken raising but I am confident that I take extremely good care of my hens. I think that I have done all my homework and I read here a lot. My is coop/run is new, beautiful and clean, the girls are healthy looking very friendly hens who always have fresh food & water, daily garden greens, periodic treats, and access to free choice grit. I did introduce two 10 week old baby roosters to the coop about 3 weeks ago, but this didn't seem to bother anyone much because the roosters had been free ranging outside the fence for a month, so they were used to each other. I feed Purina Flock Grower for higher protein (20-21%) and last week I added free choice oyster shell to the coop for calcium....just in case they decide to lay sometime soon. They are not doing the crouching/squatting thing yet that I read about on a few posts here. I also don't have any additional lighting source for them but I think that they get plenty of sunlight right now. I have heard a few people say that some girls just won't lay until the following spring, but I'd assume that, that might happen to just one or two not an entire flock. Am I doing something wrong that I am not aware of? You'd think that with the breeds I have that someone would have layed by now...any ideas?
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16 weeks is rare

20 weeks is more reasonable

24 weeks is a healthier time to start if you want to keep them healthy layers for a long time...

but 6-8 months is not unheard of to be normal, even with your breeds.

Don't rush them and they will lay in time.
Sometimes the sexlinks start laying that early, but regular heritage breeds don't start that early on average
I have RIR, SLW, EE and BO. They are about 22 weeks and not an egg from anyone, so I am feeling your impatience also. No one is squatting or even sitting in the nest boxes at all. I had heard the EE can take up to 8 months to start. Oh well. I've decided to stop thinking about it and just enjoy them.
I was told by my hatchery that birds should start laying by 19 weeks. However after browsing their website I found 19 weeks to be the age if you follow a lighting program.

I did no lighting program and my girls started laying around 7 months. Once one egg was dropped the rest of the ladies started laying within about one week (give or take).

While you are waiting for your eggs, start browsing recipes that contain eggs and make yourself an egg menu

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