Do bantams mature later?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ariel301, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    I have a group of bantams I got as chicks in February and they have not started laying. They are Cochins, Old English Game, Brahma, and Cornish Game. (not Cornish broilers) Also, I have one New Hampshire standard sized hen the same age that is not laying. I have tried everything, increased protein, light, cayenne pepper, fake eggs in the nest boxes, different types of nests and bedding....nothing.

    Now lately several people have told me that bantams won't lay until they are 8-12 months old. Is that true?
  2. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    Anyone know? When did your bantams start laying?
  3. kitkatnoah

    kitkatnoah Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2010
    Houston, Texas
    After much research on BYC and on the internet, most bantam owners state that their bantams started laying between 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 months of age. My 2 Partridge Cochin bantams are right between this age and have started to squat for me, but have yet to lay an actual egg, although they do love to sing their egg song when squatting, which fools me [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2010
  4. ZombieChickens

    ZombieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would love to know. I'm still waiting, and we got our teeny girl in May!!!
  5. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    I got my Bantams (Silkies, Cochin & Mille Fleur D'Uccle) May 4th at one day old, and they JUST started laying a week or so ago. I don't think they are even all laying yet, but I'm getting 1 or 2 eggs a day from six hens.
  6. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    At least you guys are getting something lol. I'm getting no eggs out of 30 8 month old hens. [​IMG]
  7. greenSearcher

    greenSearcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2010
    Here's the typical things to look at since your girls are rather slow reaching the laying point:

    Are you sure you have only hens? I like the term 'Stealth Rooster' to describe the slow maturing or henny feathered roosters. Don't need one for the girls to lay. Even if you paid for sexing of your chicks, most hatchery or seller have a 90% accuracy rate, so it would be normal for you to have at least 3 roosters out of 30 hens, and this year has had lots of roosters, so it could/should be higher.

    What type of layers are your breeds? The NHR should be laying now, my started at around 5 months and layed 6 out of 7 days, and I had a LF NHR, and I just got my first banties this year and I know silkies take awhile longer than LF production layers.

    Have any of your girls combs and wattles turned red, and do they have a blush to their faces? It can be a gentle pink, as in my EEs or vivid red as in the Cuckoo Marans or Leghorn. Some breeds may not have combs or wattles on the females. Egg layers faces get 'red' when they are ready to lay.

    Do your girls squat for you? I had no idea what that was, until I saw one of the red faced girls scrunch down and not argue with the roo over mating.

    Have you checked your girls for mites or lice?

    If their faces are red and they are squatting, have you set up the nesting boxes; darkened, that are just big enough for the hens, in your case, one slightly larger for the NHR, and small ones for the banties?

    Have you tested your girls for egg eating?

    Do you extend the light only in the morning, allowing them to go to bed at sundown?
    If your girls range, have you searched for eggs? Do you provide oyster shell free choice?

    I didn't recognize the egg song but I knew my girls would do labor coaching when another was in the nest, bok, bok, bok, BAWK, bok, breathe, breathe, breathe PUSH! breathe. Because of my hearing loss, they had been laying for weeks before I was working on the coop and saw that.

    I hope the questions give you some different approach or insight. I don't want you to take insult even if they are basic questions.

    And last but not least, your girls are 9 months old, so if 8-10 mos is correct, you won't be waiting much longer. [​IMG]

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