Almost 17 weeks old and still NO EGGS!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mommysongbird, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    What is up with these pullets???

    Our chicks will be 17 weeks old on Monday and they are still not laying. I don't know if it is the heat, stress (we have a train) or what???

    How much longer should we wait? They are still on starter/grower feed, I am not sure when to switch them. I am back down to buying 25# bags again 1 at a time.

    Is there anything else I can do???
     
  2. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    That's still typically too young. You'll get a few to lay at that age, but I think it's rare. More likely 18 to 24 weeks on average.
     
  3. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    17 weeks is really young to begin laying. All of mine layed between 21-24 weeks. ..
     
  4. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on the breed. My RSL started laying at 16-17 weeks, but they are early layers. Most other breeds seem to be 20+.
     
  5. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is early yet for them...
    and from what I have read here, it is better if they start later than sooner. Better for the chickens.
     
  6. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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  7. BantamoftheOpera

    BantamoftheOpera Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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  9. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    Thank you all for easing my concerns. I have read so much and a lot of the books I have read they have said between 14 and 20 weeks. Sooo, I am just getting anxious I guess. Getting tired of buying eggs, if I could find some 'homegrown' I would buy them instead.

    A few of them are EE's and the others, well your guess would be as good as mine. [​IMG]
     
  10. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    Quote:In my experience EEs take longer to lay
     

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