Free-Loading Hens???

GHFarmGirl

Chirping
5 Years
Mar 16, 2014
22
4
59
Mills River, NC
I bought 5 day-old Silverlace and 4 Golden Comets the week before Easter. I was told that the GC are early layers and will lay as early as 16 weeks. Well...the free-loaders are now nearly 6 months old and not one egg from any of them!!! They have been on layer feed since 18 weeks, and are great big beauties! There was one chick that they said was a GC who ended up being a NHR. She started laying 3 weeks ago. So, we have had one egg a day from that little sweetie, but I keep wondering what is up with her sisters!?!
hmm.png
 
Last edited:

Ol Grey Mare

One egg shy of a full carton. .....
7 Years
Mar 9, 2014
20,622
15,032
821
Oregon
My Coop
My Coop
I bought 5 day-old Silverlace and 4 Golden Comets the week before Easter. I was told that the GC are early layers and will lay as early as 16 weeks. Well...the free-loaders are now nearly 6 months old and not one egg from any of them!!! They have been on layer feed since 18 weeks, and are great big beauties! There was one chick that they said was a GC who ended up being a NHR. She started laying 3 weeks ago. So, we have had one egg a day from that little sweetie, but I keep wondering what is up with her sisters!?!
hmm.png

Can you post photos of the birds in question - it can help to see the bird to assess whether they are showing the signs of being near production or not. They really aren't at an age yet where I'd be at all concerned by a lack of laying.
 

Kelsie2290

Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Feb 18, 2011
36,684
4,926
586
Ohio
X2, pictures might help figure out what is up. Are any of the other ones squatting for you? Normally crosses like the comets would be laying by six months, is it possible they were all misidentified? Could they be hiding eggs somewhere?
 

GHFarmGirl

Chirping
5 Years
Mar 16, 2014
22
4
59
Mills River, NC
I will try to get glamor shots of the girls tomorrow. Several have red combs and full wattles. No hidden eggs, and no squatting from any but my NHR. My neighbor bought several Silverlace from the same Feedstore on the same day and hers are laying already. I am certain that my others are Golden Comets. They are really happy hens and very social. I just can't figure out why they haven't put on their big-girl panties yet!
 

aart

Chicken Juggler!
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Nov 27, 2012
94,206
123,519
1,807
SW Michigan
My Coop
My Coop
Do they free range? They can be veeerrry sneaky about hiding nests.

IME they can go red, do the squat, and have spread pelvic bones a couple weeks before commencement of lay.
 

GHFarmGirl

Chirping
5 Years
Mar 16, 2014
22
4
59
Mills River, NC
Can you post photos of the birds in question - it can help to see the bird to assess whether they are showing the signs of being near production or not.  They really aren't at an age yet where I'd be at all concerned by a lack of laying.



X2, pictures might help figure out what is up. Are any of the other ones squatting for you? Normally crosses like the comets would be laying by six months, is it possible they were all misidentified? Could they be hiding eggs somewhere?



Do they free range? They can be veeerrry sneaky about hiding nests.

IME they can go red, do the squat, and have spread pelvic bones a couple weeks before commencement of lay.
400
[/IMG][/IMG]
Here are a few pics of our girls.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom