27 weeks and still no eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lexustami, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. lexustami

    lexustami Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    St. Clairsville, OH
    My oldest girls are now 27 1/2 weeks old and I still don't have any eggs. My RIR, Black Sex-Links and EE's are just about 24 weeks and they aren't laying yet either. [​IMG]

    I do have extra light out in the coop for them so they are getting at least 14 hours of light a day.

    I want some EGGS. My DH is giving me a hard time because I've spent so much time and money on them and he isn't seeing anything tangible in return.

    I'm getting tired of running out there every day to see if I have eggs only to come back into the house empty handed.

    Just thought I would put this down in writing because it seems like everytime someone posts about not having eggs they get some very soon after! [​IMG]

    Take care,

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Do they free range? Are they hiding them? Those are my two guesses. Are you sure they are 27 weeks and you aren't missing a month? What is comb development like? Moist vents? Pliable hip bones?

    Good luck with the eggs.
  3. pattycake

    pattycake Songster

    May 7, 2007
    fingerlakes, ny
    Are they squatting? Once one of mine started doing that, I got eggs within a week or so. Some of mine never squatted, though, so it's not sure fire or anything!

    I bet they'll start soon...
  4. JenniferJoIN

    JenniferJoIN Songster

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    I hope mine don't wait that long! I hope yours lay soon!

    And you DH sounds like my DB... he's ready for some eggs already! (And they're only 14 weeks old!)
  5. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    My DH is ready for some eggs too.
    I've had a couple start laying in the last week and DH sure is glad to be getting something back from them finally.
    I've told him in a couple of months he'll be soooo tired of seeing eggs that he won't really care if they are laying.
    I have 13 standard pullets (the youngest 3 are about 12 weeks) all 22 weeks now, and 11 bantams (2 are already laying), most which are 22 weeks as well.

    I have a pair of cochin bantams and oegb that are around 27 weeks and still no eggs.
    I'm like you, don't know what's up with them.
    I keep looking day after day after day and so far nothing.
    Hopefully, you and me both will be getting eggs soon.
  6. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    It took so long to get eggs from my RIR, BR, NHR girls, that when I finally found one I thought my husband was playing a joke on me. You should'a heard THAT phone conversation. LOL!

    One girl was squatting, red combs, etc etc.. and still no eggs for WEEKS. Finally the first one started laying.. a month later the rest of them did. Now we are getting 8-10 eggs a day from the 10 girls.

    So.. here's my .02.. when you are pretty sure your girls are freeloaders, and never going to lay.. THAT'S when you'll find the first egg. Really.

  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I know it's sad...I have 6 Orps and a Lt. Brahma pullet that are 27 weeks and I have not had a first egg yet from these girls...red combs and wattles...extra light from 5 til 3...layer mash and Nothing!!....I've never had hens take this long....ever....
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    This is a common thing this year. Nothing is like it should be, I tell you. [​IMG] You still have a few weeks to go to hit my record. My latest layer was 30 weeks.
  9. jenichick

    jenichick Songster

    Jun 1, 2007
    I have 13 out of 16 laying, so that means I have 4 hens that are 7 months old that haven't laid yet, they haven't crowed either so I'm pretty sure they're hens. I keep threatening them with the stew pot, ha ha.
  10. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    Hang in there. I had one big gal that took 30 weeks! The others were 27 and 29 weeks. And all the others from the batch I bought were the same way - go figure. The farmer was really frustrated since she sells eggs.

    This is my first experience with chooks and I noticed that they each started their laying about 1 week after the Roo was all over them. They were finally squatting for him and he was in hog heaven. [​IMG]

    Hope you get them soon. Maybe give them some sunflower chips. I kinda think the protein helps.

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