Been a week since that first egg...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ladyj02, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. ladyj02

    ladyj02 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my RIR girls (now almost 20 weeks) laid her first egg last week but there has been nothing since! They do free range a couple of times a week for a few hours in the evening but only under supervision and I watch closely because my neighbor has a curious cat. Other than that they are almost always in the run. I just really don't think there's a hidden nest. Plus my husband mowed the other day and didn't find anything out in the yard. What the heck gives?! After the first couple of days I kinda just figured her body was still getting used to things, but a week with nothing? I'm starting to think someone played a mean trick on me and that egg was put there to tease me.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    That is a long time between eggs for most hens but not unheard of. That would be a funny trick to play on someone though. That pretty young age for most RIR to start laying. Hopefully the next one comes soon.
     
  3. Jypzee

    Jypzee Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a RiR that's about the same age when she first started laying. Got a single small egg, then nothing for about a week, then another single egg. Then found a couple of shell-less eggs. Now have 3 girls that are acting like they're laying....red combs, squatting, egg songs, and frequenting the nest boxes.
     
  4. ladyj02

    ladyj02 Out Of The Brooder

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    Checked again just now as I left for work pretty early today. Still nothing. Bent down to pick her up to give her a little pep-talk and when I did, she squatted really low and shook her butt. She's never done that before! Hopefully our little chat we had will do the trick. I sweetened her up with a few meal worms too. :)
     
  5. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Squatting is a sure sign she is ready to lay. They don't lay regular for about the first month so give her time. She will start up again here soon.
     

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