Hens waiting until spring to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by leight54, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. leight54

    leight54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My 2 hens are about 5 months old. They haven't started laying yet, and I'm thinking at this point, it'll be spring before they start. I think the days are getting too short. I do not plan to add artificial light, I like to let nature take its course, and I'm all right with waiting.

    Wouldn't it be better for them anyway, if they are more mature before they start laying? Seems like it to me.
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    What breed are they? Some breeds lay thru the winter, although they will slow down during the winter months. I sure hope you don't have to wait that long. I know how hard it is waiting for that first egg!
  3. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    My pullets lay all winter but it only get down to about 15 degrees here in the CA mountains. The second year they quit laying in the winter. [​IMG] My daughters bantums lay some in the winter and they are several years old. [​IMG]
  4. leight54

    leight54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    One's a Partridge Chanticler, which I understand is a "late bloomer", and the other is, supposedly, an Ameraucana. But she doesn't match anything I see on the Ameraucana Breeders Club Website.

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