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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by brantchickens, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. brantchickens

    brantchickens Out Of The Brooder

    I have 4 bielefelder hens that are 23 weeks old, none have started laying eggs yet, has anybody else had this issue with this breed or are mine just late bloomers
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I am not too familiar with that breed. That's still pretty young for any breed not considered a high production breed, those like sex links and leghorns will start that early. Most heritage breed start from 5-8 months, and some can even take a year.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat^^^


    Signs of onset of lay---I've found the pelvic points to be the most accurate.
    Squatting:
    If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.
    This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.

    Combs and Wattles:
    Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.
    Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.
    Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!

    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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