First egg deadline?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ThiefPouter06, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. ThiefPouter06

    ThiefPouter06 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 3, 2008
    green co. KY
    So how many weeks is the cut off age for waiting on the first eggs? I have 10 ,25 week old hatchery wyandottes and no eggs yet. What worries me more is I have an american game hen who lays 4 to 5 eggs a week and I havent found her eggs in 10 days. I am worried about egg eating. Would I find evidence of egg shells? My coop is 8ft by 16ft, they free range for just a few hours a day, there is one roo, 11 pullets and one hen and I have 6 nestboxes.
  2. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    I would check every nook, cranny, shed and bush as they are good at hiding eggs. Behind my propane tank seems to be a favorite.

    I have an occasional egg eater and she leaves a bit of shell and the nest box gets all sticky and covered in ants.

    I have heard some people talk about first egg at 9-10 months even. Depends on the breed and when they decide to start laying.

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