Eggs?

MegaChickens

Chirping
7 Years
Oct 8, 2012
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We got f5 Orpington pullets on July 4th, and now they are about 17 weeks old. I've been told that they should have started laying but I've also been told that since it's so late in the season that I may have to wait till it gets warmer. I've been told to put a lamp inside their coop to make it warmer cause it gets dark really early. Is it still possible that they will lay this season?
 

Choco Maran

Songster
10 Years
Jul 25, 2009
730
51
153
Ribera New Mexico
17 weeks is the earlest they will start laying. I have several that are going on 20 weeks and they are not laying but they can start any time. I have a light in the coop for extra light to help them start this winter. Because of your location and the cold winter don't worry as they may wait until spring. Orpington are great winter layers so they still should start this year. Just have pateince I know its hard.
 

farmergalmaine

In the Brooder
7 Years
Nov 12, 2012
24
0
24
my chickens are 25 weeks and havent started laying yet
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hopefully your gals start laying soon!
 

CJJenkins

Chirping
7 Years
Apr 14, 2012
206
8
81
Western North Carolina
My BO's are 23 weeks old and haven't started laying yet. They have been checking out the nesting boxes and their combs are getting redder. I have 2 Americauna/EE/OE (whatever) that have just stared laying this week and they are about 4 weeks older than the BO's.
Both of my breeds are prolific layers, good winter layers and (unfortunately) later layers! But the eggs we have gotten so far are delish!
 

MegaChickens

Chirping
7 Years
Oct 8, 2012
51
1
97
I just found our first two in the egg boxes when I went out to close up the coop! One was crushed and I'm not sure why, but we have one good one! We'll see if I get more tomorrow! Can't wait to have my first for breakfast tomorrow! Thank for all the help guys!
 

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