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

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JenMT, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. JenMT

    JenMT Songster

    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?
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2009
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    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.
  3. JenMT

    JenMT Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    Kalispell, Montana
    Anyone else?
  4. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Most of my hens didn't start laying till at least 22 weeks, most were more like 26 and 27 weeks.
  5. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    I agree, your hens are pretty young. They will start laying soon enough, but be patient. I would guess between 22-26 weeks.
  6. Sometimes the sexlinks start laying that early, but regular heritage breeds don't start that early on average [​IMG]
  7. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    I have to agree with the other posters. The avg. age is 24 weeks. Hang in there!
  8. wundernurse

    wundernurse Songster

    Jan 26, 2009
    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.
  9. JenMT

    JenMT Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    Kalispell, Montana
    That is what I needed to hear......thank you to everyone.
  10. cluckingcanadian

    cluckingcanadian In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2009
    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 [​IMG].

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