Hen not laying after 20weeks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MaxFoli, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. MaxFoli

    MaxFoli New Egg

    Aug 14, 2016
    Hello guys - good day to you all..

    So I'm new her and I stumble upon this amazing page while trying to find reasons why my hens wouldn't lay after 20weeks?

    Please someone grace me with your wisdom of the reasons why and of a solution, if any.
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings and :welcome. Happy you joined us. Sorry your layers seem slow. But maybe they are right on schedule. 4-5-6 months is the normal time hens begin to lay - often it depends on the breed you have as some are much earlier than others. Assuming your flock is happy and healthy, I advise patience. You'll have that first surprise soon! Good luck to you! :)
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad to have you onboard with us. I've never had a pullet lay at such a young age. A reddening of the comb and face, squatting for you when you approach and checking out the nesting areas are signs that she is getting her plumbing sorted out in readiness to lay.

  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.

    Think about it this way. Female humans GENERALLY start to cycle around 12-14 years of age - some earlier, some later - they all mature at a different rate. Same with chickens. They'll get there. :)
  5. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 26, 2016
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    For most breeds 20 to 24 weeks is normal for chicks hatched late winter early spring. For sex-links,production-reds, white leghorns, 17 to 19 is normal. But can be sooner or later.
    I have golden comets, a sex-link, 2 of 5 started at 17 1/2 weeks, 1 at 19, another 2 days after that. At 19 1/2 weeks still waiting on the the fifth girl.
    The weather can have a lot to do with it. Right after the first two started to lay we went into a heat wave. Heat index of 100 to 105% Fahrenheit. Then the humidity dropped for 3 days and 2 more girls started to lay. Now we're back to 105+ heat induces. I went looking around yesterday for a large shallow pan to fill with water. My girls love it, walking in it to cool off. GC
  6. MaxFoli

    MaxFoli New Egg

    Aug 14, 2016
    Thanks very much[​IMG] @ GC Bobbi-j CTKen and redsoxs
  7. Peterr35

    Peterr35 Just Hatched

    Aug 15, 2016
    Central NJ
    I agree with the whole depends on breed thing. My EEs and Cuckoo Maran have been consistent layers but not a one from my Barred Rock. One of my EEs hasnt laid yet, so it could also just be an individual thing

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