5 Mont old RIR and no eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AimsChickies, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. AimsChickies

    AimsChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    SW Florida
    Hello! I have two 5 month old RIR hens that are still not laying. I know I switched them to layer food much to early (on the advice of someone from our local feed store), is there anything i can do to try to get them started?
  2. crazychicken

    crazychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    it may take another month. mine started at 6 months 1 week
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    They all take their own time to mature. Anywhere between 5-8 months can be normal.
  4. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    I have 2 RIR's, and 4 RIR mix. They are 5 1/2 months old, and 1 is not laying yet. Of course, there are 2 others that have laid a few eggs in the past, but seemed to have stopped.
    There was another one who was escaping the run, layn an egg then returning back to the run. After several days of trying to follow her, I caught her in the act- laying a egg in a pile where there were 12 other eggs in a corner of a neighbors falling down shed. I also found 4 eggs in another neighbors unused dog house.
    So, I have a feeling she MIGHT be laying- I just havent found the stash yet.
    Keep an eye on yours. It may be a few more weeks till she lays, or she might be hoarding them all somewhere
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My three RIRs are 8 months old and not laying yet, though the breeder types are later layers than the hatchery types, so they're not really late, per se. My hatchery RIRs laid at 19 weeks old.
  6. chickenchickenbulkbulk

    chickenchickenbulkbulk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    I have 7 and 8 month old's that are not yet laying. I have Bantam Frizzles that are 10 months and are showing no signs of wanting to do so....I guess they will lay when they are good and ready!! At least that is what I have been told. Good Luck!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] DJ
  7. Carolina Chicken Man

    Carolina Chicken Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2008

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