Egglaying in Michigan- start?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Shelly Chip, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. Shelly Chip

    Shelly Chip Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I raised some chicks last summer and am waiting for them to start laying. I did not use any artificial light over the winter. I have read that they should start laying in February or March when in natural light conditions. None of my 3 hens has laid her first egg yet. I started them on layer feed last month in anticipation. When do chickens normally start laying in Michigan when not given artificial light?

    Thanks!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It depends on day length, age and breed.
    How many weeks are they and what breeds?
    If it were me, I would switch back to grower feed till you get eggs.
    4% calcium is too high for non layers.
    If their combs/wattles are growing and bright red, laying is coming soon.
     
  3. Shelly Chip

    Shelly Chip Out Of The Brooder

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    I would say the hens are between 6 - 8 months. One is a polish and the other two are bantam mixes...I think they are faverolle and ? I did notice the other day that their combs and wattles are more red. That is good news. Hopefully soon. And thanks for the advice about the feed.
     

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