24 wk old Barred Rock, poss not laying yet? Smaller/lighter comb too.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by limabean, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. limabean

    limabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 red sex-links and 2 Plymouth barred rocks. I am consistently getting 4-5 eggs a day. I know 6 chickens does not equal 6 daily eggs, but I have *never* had 6 eggs in one day. I have a hunch that one of the two BR's is not laying - she has a smaller comb and wattle that are lighter in colour than the others. It has recently started getting redder, but nothing like the others.

    Could she be not maturing to lay for some reason, or is it normal for one to mature this late?

    Obviously these are my first chickens, so I'm learning. Any wisdom appreciated!
     
  2. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two Golden Comets in my flock of 9 girls. One of them started laying at 18 1/2 weeks and one started laying at 25 weeks!!! I had no idea there would be that much variation within the same breed, but ultimately, just like human girls, they develop at their own rate.
     
  3. limabean

    limabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the quick reply!

    Anyone else?
     
  4. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With the last batch of chickens we had, I had 13. I *think* I only had 13 eggs ONE day in 18 months. Seriously! That seems crazy to me. That said, the one who has a not so red comb/face is probably still not laying. I just got a first egg out of a 25 week old chicken. Patience. Oh, and her face/comb is not all that red. There is hope!
     
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  5. limabean

    limabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, good to hear! Really, I'm pretty happy with the number of eggs I'm getting, just wanting to know what is going on, and wondering if there was something wrong with a slow-to-mature chicken.

    I had SUCH a high when I found the first eggs. I imagine if there comes a day that I find six eggs I'll get to relive that high a little! [​IMG]
     
  6. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree. I had quite the high today when out of my three EEs, I had a green, blue and a pale cream. So, they are all laying. Just my month younger wellies are left. The day I find that dark egg (hopefully dark) I think I will be doing cartwheels.
     
  7. limabean

    limabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooh, layers of many colours...that will be my next chicken dream...
     
  8. Farm_Maven

    Farm_Maven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Mine too!! I get white, and several shades of brown. can't wait to see what my BCM will lay when she is mature. And hope to get some Americauna's or EE's in the spring for even more color.
     
  9. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my BR girls, I have 3, lay large brown, darkest I get, eggs...NOT every day. My only egg a day girl is my California White....I have 12 girls, only ONCE have I gotten 12 eggs....

    They started about 24 weeks, they are 29 now...but not all the same time either....

    My Gold Comets, don't lay every day either, and started about 24 weeks.

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  10. limabean

    limabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks - I see that one of your BR's has a small & light comb and wattle too.
     

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