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Any way to tell when my Hens will start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MysteryChik, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. Hello all, we bought 3 barred rock hens and one rooster that turned 20 weeks on Saturday. Is there anyway to tell when they will start laying? Or a way to tell they are close to laying? thanks in advance
     

  2. TheTwoRoos

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    Their combs will go from pale,to red.They will squat for the rooster.If they squat,they should lay in either less then a week,or within a week.

    Their comb may also grow.Lot's of hens have large,red combs....
     
  3. TheTwoRoos

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    Also,check their vents.they wil lturn somewhat reddish,and should be nice and stretched out(So large.)
     
  4. Their combs are very red, but have been for some time. The rooster was trying last night with one of them, but she wasn't having it.. running away as fast as she could[​IMG]
     
  5. Hmm I'll have to take a look at that
     
  6. TheTwoRoos

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    The hens could ahve been laying,but when chickens are moved around, changes etc,it can cause them to stress out and not lay.....
     
  7. they weren't laying yet when we got them.. which was probably about a month ago. One Hen's comb is a lot redder than the other two. I looked at all of their vents. The one with the redder comb is definitely moister than the other two but none of them look big or stretched out.. or reddish looking. (But on the other hand, we also looked at my Granny hen, which is the only one of laying age, and hers was the same color as theirs)
     

  8. You will have an egg soon....I have never looked at vents, but yes, it sounds like soon.
    Congrats.
     
  9. TheTwoRoos

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    Vents are never a reasuring way.

    But my hens vents got red as they started laying.
     

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