Hens not laying at 22 weeks. Normal??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickchix, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. Chickchix

    Chickchix Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there. We have our first chickens ever. Got them when they were 1 day old, and now they're about 22 weeks. They're not laying, and I was wondering if that's normal. They have 3 nesting boxes with shavings in their coop. We're still feeding them the grower pellets since I thought you didn't feed layer until they were actually laying. Could this be why? Any ideas or thoughts? Thanks!!
     
  2. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe they just need longer. Only 3 of my 6 chickens are laying eggs, and they are 22 weeks and 3 days old. Do they go in the nest boxes or do they squat when you pet them?
     
  3. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone with a lot more knowledge than me will pop in sooner or later. Here's what I can share. Some breeds lay earlier than others. Mine are all 19 weeks. Only one red star is laying. I know which one is laying because her comb is bigger and much redder than the other pullets. I wouldn't worry yet. I have switched mine to layer pellets because of the one that is laying. It hasn't sped things up for the others yet!
     
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2008
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Some of mine never laid 1 egg until 32 weeks or more. They are no different than human females. Every cycle can be unique.
     
  5. sfcityfarmer

    sfcityfarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Only one of my four chickens is laying, they're 23 weeks old. The one that is laying started on Friday of last week.
     

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