22 weeks old and no eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by srutan23, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. srutan23

    srutan23 Out Of The Brooder

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    22 week old Barred Rocks and no eggs so far! Waiting is killing me. Two of them started squatting yesterday, so hopefully it will be soon. They are getting Purina Omega 3 pellets, egg shells, treats. Am I doing something wrong or is this normal? They free range, but they don't venture very far from the coop and I have been searching the area. We open door at 7 am and close it at 8 pm.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    That's not unusual. It is hard waiting though.
    18-24 weeks is normal. I usually keep my growing birds on a shorter day and don't start laying till about 25 weeks but their bodies are better prepared by then.
    How long have they been on layer feed?
    Are their combs and wattles large and bright red?
    When they're ready to lay there will be 2 fingers width between the pubic bones (on the sides of the vent.
    Make sure treats are 10% or less of total intake and if providing egg or oyster shell, it needs to be in a separate container from the feed.
     
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    srutan23 Out Of The Brooder

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    They have been on layer feed for 3 weeks. On the two squatting, the wattles are a bright red, but the combs don't appear to be brighter.

    OK so I guess if there isn't a 2 finger width, then I don't need to be doing an egg hunt every evening when I get home from work. Good to know.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Right. I think you'll just have to wait a bit longer. Squatting is a desire to mate, related but not necessarily the same thing as imminent ovulation.
    They also tend to take more interest in the nests shortly before lay commences - like a few days.
     
  5. kellyann996

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    I have had hens that didn't lay until about 30 weeks and some lay really early at around 22 weeks! Wait it out....they will lay for you!
     
  6. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one (all English line Orps) that just started laying at 28 weeks. One that started at 24 weeks, and 2 more (also 24 weeks) that have yet to lay. I actually think having them start a bit older is a good thing. Lets their bodies be a little more mature.
     
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  7. srutan23

    srutan23 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yay! We had our first eggs this weekend. We have gotten two perfect (a little small) eggs and one broken one. They haven't hit the nesting box yet but at least they are in the coop. My son was so excited.
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  8. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Small is normal. Pullet eggs are a special treat, too. Enjoy them while you can!
     
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    me here in uk Out Of The Brooder

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    I got my first egg today too! In the nest box too, clever girl!
     
  10. srutan23

    srutan23 Out Of The Brooder

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    Congrats me here in uk! Its so excited now to check every day in the coop.
     

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