easter egger hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crubner, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. crubner

    crubner Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 easter egger pullets (supposedly) that are now about 16 weeks old. They aren't displaying any signs of laying and my rooster doesn't show any interest in them. One has a slightly bigger comb than the other three, three have red combs, and one's comb is still small and pink. They aren't showing signs of being roosters like crowing but they do mock fight at times. If they are roosters, wouldn't they be starting to crow? I really want them to be pullets and am getting nervous about the rooster's lack of interest. Any suggestions?
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    They aren't old enough to lay yet, give them time.
     
  3. crubner

    crubner Out Of The Brooder

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    But would I be able to tell if they were roosters yet?[​IMG]
     
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    For me, EE's are the hardest to tell. You can try posting pics and let everyone take guesses.
     
  5. mylilchix

    mylilchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    My EE roos were crowing by 10-11 weeks. Their combs became red very quickly. They also had longer tail feathers. My EE hasn't started laying at 26 weeks. It's tough, but be patient!!
    Sonja
     
  6. crubner

    crubner Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I thought by now they would be trying to crow if they were roosters. I'll just keep my fingers crossed and keep checking the nests.[​IMG]
     
  7. Leah-yes I know I'm crazy

    Leah-yes I know I'm crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that my ee roo started crowing at about 15 weeks Shocked the heck out of be because I didn't order any roos. The girls didn't lay until around 30 weeks. The roos aren't usually interested in the girls until they are mature enough to be ready to be of use to them. Once you see the roos doing their business and the girls accepting you can usually expect eggs within a week or two.
     
  8. GaDawg

    GaDawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I could tell my EE rooster from early on and my hens didn't start laying till about 22 weeks old.
     
  9. crubner

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    Guess I need to continue to practice patience!
     
  10. chicken stalker

    chicken stalker TOS Rocks!

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    My EE's are turning 20 weeks this week. I did see them checking out the nesting boxes the other day and I think thier combs are starting to get more red.... [​IMG] But I'm not holding my breath. They will be 23 weeks on xmas day, I figure they are going to hold out for a special present for me [​IMG]
     

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