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delaware hens when do they start laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by blueseal, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 2 delaware hens.they were hatched in may or june.think they are about 30 weeks old or so.should they be laying yet they are on layer mash.i noticed one of them has slightly bigger comb and wattles than the other and getting redder . thanks.
     
  2. littlefarm_bighappy

    littlefarm_bighappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm.. they SHOULD be laying, but aren't knwn for their hugr production. If they were born in June they would be roughly 24-28 weeks old- however, my delawares are horrible layers in the winter, and I notice you're in Maine. The cold and short days aren't helping. Are you lighting them (a 75 watt buld on from dusk till 8 pm? That might help.
     
  3. VaM715

    VaM715 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine were hatched May 28th and they just started about 3 weeks ago. I have 7 hens and I am getting 7-8 a day. These guys are laying machines!!!
     
  4. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i bought some led lights battery operated put them in coop monday hopefully it will help turned them on at 3am gets dark at 4pm .
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My Delaware pullet, Kira, is 23 weeks old and began laying yesterday. These are breeder Delawares, not hatchery stock, if that makes any difference. I expect the other one to begin any day now, too.
     
  6. LuvinMyPeeps

    LuvinMyPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Delaware is about 29 weeks now and she finally laid her first egg 2 days ago. I was THRILLED! I was hoping for another egg from her today and she laid it - right from her roost...kersplat. Broke in half...ick. [​IMG] Silly chicken! [​IMG] I think it was because she saw me rooting around the nest boxes (I was a bit impatient, thinking I missed something LOL).

    I'm finally getting 'the squat' from all my hens - it's so cute! Now I'm a member of the 'squat' club! LOL.

    Be patient - everything will work out. Take it from a paranoid mama [​IMG]
     

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