Black Australorps Egg Production

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dburge1, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. dburge1

    dburge1 Chirping

    Sep 10, 2018
    I have 2 Black Australorps 9 months old purchased a couple weeks ago they lay 1-2 eggs daily with occasional non laying. I have 3that are 7 months old, they are not laying yet. My question is should they be laying? They are free ranging chickens. Is there something to help the process along or no? Last issue is they do not lay eggs in nesting boxes they lay in the clean out tray???? Any help Greatly appreciated. I keep it clean and make sure they always have fresh food and water and some table scraps.
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  2. Notaneggspurt

    Notaneggspurt Songster

    May 17, 2016
    My Coop
    For the 7 month old no it wouldn't be unusual for them not to be laying yet. Mine that were hatched out at the end of April didn't start laying until the following February (about 10 months). Are the 7 month olds austrolops as well?

    For the egg laying in the wrong place, I'm not sure how your set up is. When mine started laying in a corner of the main coop I put an upside down basket in that area and put a fake egg back in the nesting box. I kept an eye on the nesting box area for several days and low and behold I found a snake on the 3rd day.
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  3. dburge1

    dburge1 Chirping

    Sep 10, 2018
    Yes they are all Australorps i am in Georgia no snakes this time of year. Have not tried the fake egg or golf ball trick will try it and see. Other then layer feed ans cracked corn what else should i be giving my girls for good egg layin?
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  4. Ribh

    Ribh Free Ranging

    Australorps are a bit slower to mature than some other breeds. Having a more mature hen in a flock sometimes helps. They literally train the juniors, yes even to showing them where to lay.
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  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    My Australorps hatched March 27th of 2017, laid there first eggs at 20-22 weeks like the other breeds I have. This was my first time having them. 2 of them waited until December to molt, so they laid a long time. My only "problem" with then was that 2 went broody & one spent most of the spring & summer broody off & on, which cut down on egg production!
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Each chicken is an individual. Breeds do have general tendencies but you have to have enough for averages to mean something. You don't. Australorps have a reputation for being good winter layers, if you had 100 of them you'd probably see that. Breed is the best thing you have to go by but sometimes you have to be lucky.

    The flock they came from can make a difference too. Different strains of the same breed can have different tendencies. Each hatchery has their own strain. Each hatchery has their own people selecting which birds get to breed so each flock can be a bit different.

    My experiences are similar to Cindy's. My Black Australorps (from Cackle) started laying about 5 months old, mine in early fall. Both of mine went broody in their second summer, just a time or two, not excessive. Mine proved to be good winter layers. But I only had two, not enough for averages to mean a lot.

    You just got those two a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes moving them like that will cause them to stop laying and may even trigger a molt. You dodged a bullet there. Considering the move and the time of year I would not be too upset at the eggs you are getting from those two.

    I have had some pullets that age start to lay this time of year, I've also had some wait until the weather got warmer and the days got longer. I can never tell when they are going to start laying by age. Even the same time of year they can vary when they start by months. You said they free range. One of the main reasons we think free ranging chickens are not laying is that they are hiding a nest. Can you leave them locked in the coop/run for a couple of days to see if you get more eggs? That might be educational. Patience is probably your best friend in this but you never know. You've seen they don't always lay where you want them to.

    Yours free range. In Georgia this time of the year they are picking up stuff by foraging. I'd limit the corn to what they could clean up in ten to fifteen minutes so it doesn't become a major part of their diet and blow their "balanced" diet, but I'd keep doing what you are doing. How are the egg shells of the two that are laying? If they are hard and thick enough you are doing OK, in Georgia it is quite possible you have limestone. They will use that as a calcium supplement for hard egg shells. If your egg shells are soft I'd offer oyster shell on the side. Let your egg shells help you decide if a calcium supplement is necessary or not.

    Them not laying in the nests can be aggravating. Fake eggs (I use golf balls) can help but it does not always work. I've had some stop laying in a nest and start somewhere else. I'm retired so I can do this, maybe the weekend gives you a chance. When I have one laying somewhere that is not a nest I catch her on that unwanted nest and lock her in one of my regular nests until she lays her egg. That usually takes about 30 minutes but I had one go 3 hours. Hardheaded hem. Usually once is all that takes and they know where to lay but I had to do that same hardheaded hen two days in a row for her to get the message.

    I kind of understand the frustration. I once had to wait nine months for the first of my colored egg layers to finally start. That was the first week of December when all the rules say they should not start. That shows there are no rules. There were three of them and two started laying a couple of days apart. I've had other similar experience but that was the worst.

    I don't see that you are doing anything wrong. Your story sounds pretty typical. I predict that in a couple of months you will be really happy with them. Good luck!
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  7. MaryJanet

    MaryJanet Crowing

    My Australorp laid her eggs on the ground because the nesting box was too small for her. I went out and got a laundry basket, the kind tgat can be carried under your arm, long and deep with high sides. It's made of a whicker. I fixed it position so it wouldn't tip as she climbed in and out.

    She thought it was perfect and she hasn't put an egg on the floor ever since. Every single one goes in the laundry basket.

    Just thought I'd mention in case it helps your young one.
  8. MaryJanet

    MaryJanet Crowing

    It was this kind of basket


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  9. dburge1

    dburge1 Chirping

    Sep 10, 2018

    Well I appreciate all the help on this. Can use all this makes perfect sense.
    I put in the Brown Ceramic Eggs, 1 in one coop the other in 2nd coop. I went today to check for eggs, they moved both eggs off nesting box. The one was just moved off the nest and moved to clean out tray, The second one was completely removed from nesting box, rolled through clean out tray then from coop rolled down walkway and moved out in to the run.
    They only way to keep egg in I Hope is I installed 2x2 board in front of nest to try and keep the ladies from rolling them off. Maybe this will help????
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  10. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Crowing

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    LO's are slow to start laying, also big birds.
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