EE's slow to mature?

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  1. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are Easter Eggers normally slow to mature and start laying?

    I got 6 chicks from a local feed store last March, 3 RIR and 3 EE.

    The RIR's have been laying for months now.

    The EE's, one died within 24hrs another one was a roo. So I just have one EE left from the 3 and as far as we can tell she still is not laying.

    We obviously have not found any blue or green eggs and we have never seen her in any of the nest boxes. So either she is laying but laying brown and doing it early before we can see her in there or she is still not laying.

    Is this something that happens occasionally with EE's ?

    I realize I have a very small sample size but so far I'm not much of a fan of EE's given my results. I realize that young chicks die and sexing is not a perfect science but man that one EE left better start to do something soon.
     
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  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By 9 months, she should be laying. The latest any of my EEs started to lay was 32 weeks. She could easily be a brown egg layer. Do the eggs all look the same? Shape, size or color?
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Can you post a pic of her?
     
  4. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a shot of her. We get many different shades, sizes of brown eggs so she could be laying already but brown. We just have never seen her in the nest boxes.

    I may try isolating her to see if she is laying.







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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I've read here on BYC that putting food colouring around the vent of a bird can help identify which egg came from which bird (I assume a little of the food dye is found on the egg). Just an alternative to isolation you may wish to consider.

    If you are getting 4 eggs daily (or some days) then it would suggest that she is laying [​IMG]
     
  6. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one Buff Orpington that didn't start to lay until she was 11 months old. Some are just slow. Your EE looks as if her comb is still pale. The comb will turn nice bright red when she's ready to start laying.
     
  7. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    We got our 8 chickens last October, they hatched October 26th, 2015, and my EEs were some of my earliest layers. We got 2 and the first one started laying the week before Easter 2016, at like 22 weeks. We had one other bird, not an EE, start the next day, and most of the others started sometime in between, some as much as 4 weeks later. My other EE laid middle of the road. My EE is also one of my most dependable layers, laying every day even when we're currently gettinf 2-4 eggs a day in winter now. She is still laying when others have stopped. Although for some reason this week she seems to have taken a break. The other EE is being bullied and stopped laying a while ago, I hope she starts up again.

    But anyway, my point is that she should be laying by now and my EEs have been both my earliest layers and some of my most dependable
     
  8. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

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    My Easter Egger is slower to mature because we fed her layer feed once we got her at 3 months and found out she still needs starter/grower she is almost six months now and she is petty small
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  9. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She definitely doesn't look ready to lay. Her comb is pink, not red. Be patient.
     
  10. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I'd suggest reading the percentages of protein in your feeds. I read mine a few months ago and was shocked to find more protein in layers compared to growers feed. I really don't know if additional calcium affects growth / development
     

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