23 weeks, no eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by in2chickens, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. in2chickens

    in2chickens In the Brooder

    Apr 24, 2009
    Norco, CA
    I have the most stubborn chickens. I'm praying for my first egg. I have 7 hens and 1 roo. They are all 23 weeks except for three of them at about 20 weeks. They free range all day and spend the night in the coop. I see all of the egg laying behaviors-sqwat, cackle, today I even saw the roo mount one of the girls. Our weather here has been wacky hot n'windy, cool, hot, now cool again. The days are getting shorter. What if they dont lay soon, will they hold off until spring? I talk to these girls everyday asking them where are my eggs! They love it, they follow me all over looking for the eggs. Going egg crazy here.
  2. nature nut

    nature nut Songster

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I heard it can take longer than that but if their combs and wattles have turned nice and red and they are squatting it will either be very soon OR they have a secret stash. Anyway if there is a stash I hope you find it soon or ....it'll be [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] for you [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2009
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    What breed are they? Many don't start laying until 24+ weeks.
  4. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    My Coop
    One of mine laid first egg at 24 weeks, 3 others are 26 weeks and no eggs yet....but two look/act ready.......
  5. tropicalchicks

    tropicalchicks Hatching

    Jul 22, 2009
    Can relate. We have five Orps at 24th week and no eggs yet. I mean, show me the money you lowfers! I feel like I spoil them rottten and am on my third 50lb. bag of food. They are getting big and fat too. I hope they know that Thanksgiving is around the corner. [​IMG]
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I've got a BUNCH that simply don't lay. I'm about ready to rehome them all and order the MPC rainbow layers.

    I have 5 W/BW Ameraucanas... 3 hatched Feb. 21st, 2 hatched April 25th. NO EGGS.

    The only pullet from my Feb hatch that is laying is my CA leghorn from bargain's eggs.

    None of my April 25th girls have layed an egg.

    Looks like you've joined my club.
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Look for a private nest! Free rangers are notorious for having hidden nests.
  8. HBuehler

    HBuehler Songster

    Jun 30, 2009
    Lebanon TN
    They need a few weeks...23 weeks is a bit young for many and then factor in shorter days.My 26 week old brown egg layers just started last week-2 out of 8 of them and none of the April EE's have started only 1 looks close. I have 3 more blood red but they like to bug me and look at the nesting boxes [​IMG]
    Patience the eggs will come...if you want eggs sooner then stick with the white egg layers
  9. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    If they aren't a sex-link breed of bird, then this is completely normal. Sex-link breeds lay much earlier than standards do. Standards lay around 23 to 26 wks. old depending on the breed, but you also have to factor in the shorter days we are having now. A lot of chickens are slowing way down now and some aren't laying at all.

    Just be patient! I know it's hard to be (I'm trying to be patient with my Lav. Orps. right now), but they will lay sooner or later. [​IMG]

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