Anything I can do to help them lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tomfieldenloveshichickens, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. Hi, I have 5 rhode island reds 23 weeks old, but none of them have started laying. I feed them layers pellets and give them oyster shells. They have nesting boxes. Is there anything I can do to help them lay or anything I shouldn't do? Thanks.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Nope. They'll start laying when their bodies tell them it's time and not a second before.
  3. phaethona

    phaethona Songster

    Apr 13, 2010
    There's not really anything you can do but wait, easier said than done I know.

    where are you at? they could be a little late because of the cold.

    my experience is that there really isn't a magic number of weeks till they "should" be laying. mine started anywhere from 21 to 27 weeks, and it took a while to work out all the kinks like fart eggs, soft shells, not laying in the boxes, etc.

    some things to look for, their combs and wattles turn redder right before they start to lay, some start squatting when approached, and a for-sure sign that you need to check the nesting boxes is when you hear the egg song(bok bok bok bok bok bok bok bok BGAAWK!)
    and mine, for some reason started acting frantic around the coop(they're free rangers) like they'd be doing the egg song and try to jump into the coop window(it's plexiglass), jump on top of the coop, it was almost like they couldn't figure out how to get in there, even though they'd been going in and out for months....chickens [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2010
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Well, to help them lay, you COULD have pastel colors painted on the inside of their nest boxes and have soft, soothing music piped into the coop. And for something to STOP doing to help them lay, you could stop counting days and weeks and worrying about when they're gonna lay eggs. The frustration is not helping the girls one bit! [​IMG]

    Because what gritsar said is absolutely correct.

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