Black australorp, average age for laying? *update*

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stone_family3, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    I got one from a guy (he showed me the papers) she is from Meyer Hatchery, hatched January 26th, 2011. No eggs. She had coop mates that were laying, there were eggs everywhere, one even laid when I was there. However I've had her for 3 weeks and she's not moulting, eating well and drinking well.

    She's sweet, but I'd really like an egg from her.

    Well today Soleil was acting kinda strange didn't want to come out of the rafters (there is a small platform up there) so I let her be, went out 4 hours later and found this. I'm so proud of her! Now she's very quite not screaming at me like she has been for the past few weeks.

    IMAG1167 by StonesChickens, on Flickr
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2011
  2. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
  3. goldtopper

    goldtopper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Near Bert Blyleven
    26 weeks is about when mine started.
  4. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Mine (black australorps as well) hatched Jan 21 and have all been laying since the beginning of June!
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Aussie's generally lay between 6 and 7 months old. If yours is not laying by now, it is possible she has health problems preventing her from laying. It is also possible that the person you got her from has his dates mixed up and she is younger than he says she is. Good luck! [​IMG]
  6. ericnash

    ericnash Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 13, 2011
    I agree that the dates could be mixed up and she may be younger. It is also possible that she has not settled in to her new coop. If this is the case try changing up the food, giving her more room to move around and free range, if possible and try giving her some treats.

    How does she get along with the other hens? If they aren't getting along it may be possible that she is simply stressed and trying to claim her spot in the pecking order
  7. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Quote:Well as I stated in the OP, he had the paper work and has had no chicks hatched. She's settled in great. There was only one other hen in the coop when she was introduced, a white cochin, who is smaller then her. White Cochin is the leader and she's her 2nd hand gal. I'm feeding her the same food the previous owner was (purina layena) and she gets treats daily. Since getting her there have been some others introduced, but all have settled in with no pecking or attacking.
  8. oceanwidedesigns

    oceanwidedesigns Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 31, 2010
    Fresno County
    what are the treats she's getting? If she's getting too many treats that don't give her the nutrients she needs, she might not be able to lay because of that.
  9. AngelaB

    AngelaB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2011
    Mine are around 21 weeks, and still waiting.....
  10. m_shuman

    m_shuman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    Springfield, GA
    I have 3 BA's one started laying around 20 weeks the second around 23 weeks and I am still waiting on my third to lay for me. She is 26 weeks old getting redder in the face so I am hoping any day now.

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