Anyone else waiting for thier first egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RlgNorth, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. RlgNorth

    RlgNorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    North Pole, ALASKA
    I know this has been posted a TONS but my first babies will be 5 months old this week and still waiting on eggs sooo EXCITED just wanting to know if anyone is going through my waiting period where we are soo close but no egg LOL. I go couple of days of checking twice a day then I stop for couple of days thinking I will just let them be HA never lasts. I can't wait I literally have dreams of me going out to collect eggs of a morning that how bad I have the egg fever lol
    IS THAT NORMAL???????

    I have 8 RIR 9 buffs, 2 white rocks and 5 bantans I got them April 16th and they were no more then 3 days old.
  2. ky chicks

    ky chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2009
    YES! We're still waiting. Every day it's more likely that there will be an egg in the box (or anywhere!), so every day is even more disappointing. I've also had dreams about collecting eggs (in one dream, my chickens kindly laid them in a basket on the porch), and so has my 7-year-old son. When he got up on Saturday, he ran right out to the coop because he dreamed that he would find an egg out there! I go check on my girls any time I hear squawking, but no luck yet. This waiting is so hard!
  3. aussieheelr

    aussieheelr Chillin' With My Peeps

    I sure hope it's normal to think like that I'm only at 15 weeks for two of them and 14 at 12 weeks and insanely impatient even though i KNOW it's too early.
  4. lindabean

    lindabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2009
    Texas Hill Country
    That's about the time I got mine too. The first bunch I got ended up being older hens, 3 were already laying and 2 more were about 10 weeks old, expected to start laying in about 3 months (I'm still waiting). DH had a FIT when I brought in the Big Girls, as he was expecting babies, but settled down when he saw I had a plan to keep them temporairly in the yard in a puppy X-pen covered with netting and an Igloo dog house for a chicken house. It worked pretty well, but the Golden Retrievers soon figured out about chicken poop and that they could push in the side of the pen to get to it. We did put finishing the hen house and pen in high gear, and moved the 5 girls in about 2 weeks later. (Not much telling how long we would have gone doing just a little at a time, without the Big Girls.) The 8 Peeps (3 BO, 3 Amercuna & 2 Barred Rocks) came along a few days after the big girls, and lived in a shallow horse trough in the basement by the dryer till they were big enough for the outside. Then I resurrected the X-Pen with net cover for them inside the chicken pen, till they all got used to each other. Now 2 of my 3 layers have Totally STOPPED laying, so with 12 grown up looking chickens I get an egg every other day -period. I'm really ready for the little ones to start pitching in. I check the house & pen twice a day just waiting for a hint they are starting to lay. They are running up into the hen house & go into the nesting area and even stay there a while. (but then, so do the 2 that stopped laying over the last 2 weeks) I'm going to look in the garage for some golf clubs and maybe find some old "water balls" to put in the nests.
    Patience has never been a strong suit. Can't wait to give the Big Announcement that my girls are starting to lay!! Can't wait.
    Linda Mac
  5. ACaliforniaChick

    ACaliforniaChick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2009
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I have 10 young birds. The Leghorn and 2 RIR are now 20 weeks old. One of them left a tiny, but perfect egg in the box this past Friday! But nothing since. The rest are 11 & 12 weeks old and have a ways to go before they lay.

    I'm guessing it is normal to start out erratically at the beginning? But, I am out there snooping in the nest boxes several times a day looking for the next egg!
  6. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    I have 2 laying right now but am still waiting fo rthe other 12 to start. I know the day will come and I'll think to my self....I can't believe that I had to wait this long. The anticipation is KILLING me!
  7. SassyT

    SassyT Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2009
    Marana, AZ
    I have 6 white leghorns (sixtuplet witches) and have been patiently waiting for eggs. My ladies are almost 26 weeks and nothing yet. We are contributing to the heat. My husband is getting a little upset and threatening Freezer Camp if we don't see some eggs by the time we have to buy feed again. I told him the other day that my 19 week BR and BO will probably lay before the leghorns. If that happens then their names change to fried, roasted, baked, BBQ, Rotissiere and nugget.. lol
  8. RlgNorth

    RlgNorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    North Pole, ALASKA
    I guess it is a good thing my babies arn't laying yet... as our coop is not finished. We plan on having it completly done in 2 weeks. We have maybe a month left before we will start to see snow on the ground grrr summer flys up here. I would love for them to start laying before winter hits but that ok if they dont.

    I never get tired of having the dreams about my chickens and eggs. It funny though in my dreams the eggs are white and I dont have not one white egg layer. I am also passing on this obsession to my 4 year old he asks me almost every day mom did you check for eggs??? my husband says if he hears chicken or egg in none cooking related subject one more time I will be sleeping with them at NIGHT.
  9. Cluckatar

    Cluckatar Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 12, 2009
    We're waiting too [​IMG] We've got seven hens, our first ever. Our oldest girls are 20 weeks tomorrow (Welsummers, Barnevelder, Naked Neck) and our two EE's are 18 weeks. A week ago we drove to a town half an hour away and hit all the feed stores looking for wooden eggs to "seed" the nesting boxes. Sadly we found none, so I ordered them from Amazon. My 6th grade daughter is dying to put wooden eggs in there, she is sure that will make it happen faster. I have my money on the Naked Neck to be the first layer, she just looks more ready to me.

    Happy egg waiting!
  10. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    I have 5-6 hens laying but I have another dozen Im still waiying for.. Anywhere from 4-weeks to 26 weeks old-its always exciting to me when they lay their first egg!!!

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