Hens not laying at 28 weeks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by crysab, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. crysab

    crysab Just Hatched

    Dec 13, 2016
    Manitoba, Canada
    Hello! I am new to BYC and got my first chicks last spring! I have 3 black australorps and 3 buff Orpingtons who are 28 weeks. (And a lone barred rock who is 24ish weeks). Unfortunately the girls didn't start laying before the days got short. It's also gotten pretty cold here in southern Manitoba (-16C today). I am thinking I may be out of luck till spring. I realize I can manage thier light but I'm not sure I want to go down that route. What are my chances that the girls give me a few eggs during winter?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Enlarged the picture, and judging by their lack of comb development it will be a while yet. Day length will soon be increasing, and they will begin to lay.
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  3. crysab

    crysab Just Hatched

    Dec 13, 2016
    Manitoba, Canada
    The picture isn't recent. This one is from last week.
    The buff Orpingtons will be first for sure. I realize the australorps haven't quite developed yet. (Sorry they're not good at posing lol)

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  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you. You will probably get eggs by January.
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  5. blkjak

    blkjak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2014
    Manitoba Canada
    Your birds will start to lay before too long. My May pullets are just starting to lay. The weather is not helping though and the next week doesnt look any better. Wind chill is not so nice tonight. I do keep my lights on for 14 hours a day only to get some eggs.
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  6. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Overrun With Chickens

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
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  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under crysab [​IMG] Welcome!

    I hope you get some eggs very soon.

    I also hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
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  8. N F C

    N F C just 1 more cup pls Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thanks for including some pictures with your intro, it's always fun to see another member's flock. Whether you add additional lighting or not is a personal choice (I never did, figured they deserved a rest). Hope you see some eggs before much longer, that first one always seems to take forever, lol.

    Make yourself at home here and thanks for joining us!
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG]You have some lovely ladies
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  10. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and my warmest welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you decided to join the community and I do hope you will make yourself at home here! :frow

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