22 weeks and not laying yet

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kmb221, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. kmb221

    kmb221 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    Shippensburg, PA
    Hens are 22 weeks and not laying yet. Friend who gave me chickens says his are laying.

    Our hens do not go into the nesting box area. They sleep outside at night on their roost. Should they be made to go in at night?

    We're new at this, so any suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

    Oct 2, 2008
    Bryson City, NC
    Yes, they do need to go inside a coop at night due to predators. Try reading "Raising Chickens 101" towards the top of the forum's homepage for some quick how-to info. [​IMG]

    I have several who are 22wks old and they're not laying yet either, but don't be surprised if they don't start laying for another month since 6 mos seems to be a rough estimate as to when most hens start to lay.

    Feel free to PM or email me if you have any other questions. Us newbies need all the info we can get. [​IMG]
  3. kmb221

    kmb221 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    Shippensburg, PA
    Thanks. They are secure from predators, they just do not go in their nesting area which is enclosed. We have a roost in that area too. I guess we are just being too anxious.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member


    They can start anywhere from 20 weeks to 8 months old. So don't hold your breath!
  5. Melilem

    Melilem Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2008
    I have some sex links that just laid their first egg yesterday at 24 weeks! 'Bout time... I am still waiting on my ameraucanas, who are coming up on 7 months. I might have to put a light in the coop to trick them...
  6. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    mine are 22 wks old too and out of 13 hens I'm only getting 3 eggs a day and those are all banty's the full sized aren't laying at all
  7. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    I have some that just turned 32 weeks, only 1 of the 3 are laying and she has been laying for some time. No idea what is up with the other two.
  8. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's also possible they're laying outside and you haven't found the eggs yet. They'll be much safer indoors at night, and they'l probably lay early-ish in the day, so you can find the eggs in the boxes...[​IMG]
  9. GaDawg

    GaDawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    North GA
    My buffs are 19 wks old and are not laying either, they also won't go in the coop at night. I don't know if they even know where the nest box is, thinking about taking their outside roost down. Should I? anybody got any suggestions for us.
  10. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    You might have to put them into the coop for 2 or 3 days until they form an attachment to it and know what the nest boxes are for...[​IMG]

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