Egg laying start?

Tinkey71

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my chickens just reached 18 weeks, they are Rhode Island Reds, so they should be laying any day now. Anything to look for?
I know some chickens that come to maturity during winter may delay laying - we live in Florida so not really cold weather here, although less sunlight and some cool nights have happened this year. I’m also giving them a mix of egg layer feed and scratch grains which I’ve read may keep them laying during winter months.
 

DobieLover

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Look for bright red combs and squatting behavior.
You can also do a butt check if you really want to know! I just waited for the eggs myself. I don't really feel the need to feel up my chickens butts.
 

Doc7

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My flock of New Hampshire Red, 2x Plymouth rocks, Delaware, Easter Egger, and Buff orp has 3 laying right now at 26 Weeks old. The first (barred rock) started at 24w, second (EE) at 25 and another , I can’t tell if it’s the BO or the Partridge rock, started just a couple days ago. I have gotten one dozen eggs in the last 7 days from 3 new layers!

I think they would have laid sooner if they were a month younger, right now the biological clock is competing against the solar cycle.

I definitely have 5 chickens squatting for me. Do yours squat when you touch them?
 

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I’m also giving them a mix of egg layer feed and scratch grains which I’ve read may keep them laying during winter months.
This diet is not conducive to good growth/maturing.
The amount of calcium in layer feed(3-4%) is not need until they are actually laying.
Most layer feeds are lower protein(~16%), the scratch is even lower...growing birds do better with more protein than that.

I know some chickens that come to maturity during winter may delay laying
Definitely part of the equation.
Might be warmer down there, but days are still short...and that is key.


I don't really feel the need to feel up my chickens butts.
not really looking to do that either lol
:lol: Oh, come on, it's not that bad....and you should be looking there regularly anyway, for that's where the bugs will be...as well as knowing what a normal vent looks like in case of problems down the road.
 

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