Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NettieLou, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. NettieLou

    NettieLou In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2018
    My girls were hatched on 5-2 and only one of them is laying. "Lucy" lays her egg on top of a hay bale while I'm feeding my horses. She has laid 12 eggs in 14 days. I have searched my property to see if they are laying in other places. Shouldn't the others be laying by now?
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  2. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

    Jun 26, 2014
    Corning, NY
    Welcome to our FUNomenal Flock!
    Do they have a coop with nesting boxes? They may or may not be laying. They reach egg laying age between 18-24 weeks generally.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the word!

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

    Each breed matures up at a different rate. What breeds do you have and what are the ages? Overall they lay anywhere between 5 to 7 months. If you do suspect them laying laying out in the field somewhere, keep them locked up until afternoon when most are done laying. Keep an eye out for egg eating as well.

    Good luck and welcome to our roost! :)
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  4. N F C

    N F C happy spring!

    Dec 12, 2013

    Congrats on the eggs you are getting! The others will lay when they're ready (hard to be patient, I know).
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  5. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

    Mar 21, 2016
    Maricopa, AZ. (near Phoenix)
    Welcome to BYC! I hope that you will be getting more eggs soon.
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  6. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Crossing the Road

    Feb 5, 2018
    Northwest Oregon
    My Coop
    Well, they "should" be laying... according to what us egg collectors want. But my girls were hatched that same week as yours and none are laying yet!! Lazy freeloaders I tell ya! There's no telling when... they just lay when they feel like it I guess :confused:

    Similar to what TwoCrows said, if you think they ARE laying somewhere else and you have nest boxes that you'd rather have them use, keep them confined to that coop/run area for a few days (maybe a week) so the nest boxes become the most desirable/only place to lay, then it will become habit. Not all chickens lay in the morning... sometimes it changes throughout their cycle.

    Good luck!!!
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  7. chuckachucka

    chuckachucka Crowing

    Mar 22, 2016
    Are their combs and faces very red and do they squat if you or a rooster (if you have one) approaches from behind them suddenly?
  8. Melky

    Melky Spring has sprung!

    Jul 23, 2018
    Edgewood, KY
    My Coop
    I’d keep false eggs as well in the nesting boxes you want them to use as well as confinement till laying is likely done for the day.
  9. Hope Hughes

    Hope Hughes Crossing the Road

    Apr 1, 2017
    Madison, FL
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    Thanks for joining. You have come to the right place!

    There are alot of amazing people that are willing to help with whatever they can, you can also go
    Check out the Learning Center it has tons of great information and articles for just fun reads!

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  10. Callender Girl

    Callender Girl Crowing

    Sep 18, 2018
    North Central Iowa
    I was recently surprised to hear one of my Salmon Faverolles singing what I was sure was an egg song. I bought two pullets as chicks in May, but as far as I knew, neither was laying yet. My June chicks last year didn't lay until this spring, so I wasn't expecting anything.

    Then, a day later, I discovered Celeste hunkered down in some foliage behind her coop. She had found a nesting area that the runner ducks sometimes use, and Celeste deposited her lovely tan pullet egg next to a large, white duck egg. In fact, since the ducks were winding down for the year, I hadn't checked for duck eggs for a couple of days, and Celeste had actually laid two eggs there. So, I really did hear a proud egg song the day before!

    Now, both she and sister Camille are laying an egg a day. One likes to lay anywhere in their coop, the other favors a nest box in someone else's coop -- once the geese have moved to their tractor for the day. One lays in the morning; the other lays mid-afternoon. Chickens don't really care for humans' ideas of when or where to lay eggs.

    Although all my other girls seem to be done for the winter, I do use fake eggs in everyone's coops. It might entice them to lay eggs where I want to gather eggs, but I mostly do it to discourage anyone from breaking and eating eggs, which was a problem with my first set of hens.

    Your girls will likely come around in their own good time.

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