First Egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 19marvinn, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few of my hens have developed quite the comb recently. I am so impatiently waiting for my first egg. I opened the nest boxes this week. Any advice as to when theyll be laying from the experts!? Here are some pictures of them today.
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    Mable. 18 weeks. White leghorn
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    Madge. 18 weeks. RIR.
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    Maude. 18 weeks. Red Star. Got her squatting in this pic!
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Anytime now. When they start squatting, it's usually within a week or two that they begin laying.
     
  3. Dom'sHEns

    Dom'sHEns Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree within a week or two you should at least have one start by then.

    The anticipation is so life-consuming!

    Good luck and I wish you many tasty eggs.

    Dom
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2016
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat^^^^


    .....and you can check vents and pelvic points

    Vent:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying

    Pelvic Points 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
     

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