28 week black coppers not laying

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by crazyforchicks, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. crazyforchicks

    crazyforchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2010
    I have a small flock of black copper marans that are 28 weeks and havent given me any eggs. I have them on layer mash and scratch corn I have even tried cat food for protein. I understand that its the time of year that most girls molt, so maybe that is all it is. I am putting a light in the coop today but am not sure how long to set the timer for, I was told 14 hours of light is enough but am not sure, Any ideas to why they havent given up one egg?
  2. drom

    drom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2008
    That's not unusual. Mine have always started at about 6 to 7 months. Randy (Berkeley Springs) I believe said his Wheatens will go 8 months.
    It's an odd time of year for them to start up because the days are so short.

    If they were mine, I would probably let them wait until the days start to get longer. Out here, the days are at their shortest around the end of November and start to get longer again in January. [​IMG]
  3. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    Quote:Chickens do not molt first year.

    I do not know where you are but farther North in winter, shorter the days, that might be the factor in your case.
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Quote:Wrong. I've got at least five who are molting on their first year - They're only 7-9 months old.

    As for the concern on an older Marans not laying - It's quite normal. I still have a couple Wheatens I'm waiting on, and they're 8 months old.

    Up here in WA I don't worry of the winter stopping a new pullet from laying though. My Wyandottes were of laying age in the middle of December, and despite the cold, they laid anyway.
  5. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    Perfectly normal. Just give them time. It may be spring until they lay, but the light will encourage them to start sooner.

    Marans aren't the best layers to start with. I have a great quality cuckoo that is about 18 months old, and she has maybe given me 25 eggs total. Gorgeous #7 eggs, that are really dark for a cuckoo. But still, very shy laying.

    My BCM is more regular, but still, takes breaks, and only gives 2 or 3 a week when she's laying well.

    That said, I love every Marans egg I get. They can't be beat!
  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    My 7 month old black copper Marans have started laying. I own the parents and have raised these fine young ladies. They are giving me exceptional dark eggs but only a medium size for now.
    I am still feeding them starter, too. It is from a local mill and I have had good results from it. They do have access to oyster shell and in a few months they will be going into the breeding pen but for now they are still growing and playing...being kids.

    Give yours time, they will lay.
  7. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    mine arent laying either
  8. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Very common. 6 - 7 mos is typical for marans. It's a hassle to have to wait so long, but the eggs are worth it. [​IMG]

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