How can I tell when my BRs are getting ready to lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by capebird, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. capebird

    capebird Songster

    Apr 13, 2011
    Cape Cod
    I have 4 barred rocks. They are just now 15 weeks old.

    Any way I can get an idea of when they might start laying eggs?
    Any tell tale signs I would notice?

    thanks. My first chickens....I'm sort of chomping at the bit waiting
    for these eggs!
  2. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    Mine took a solid 18 weeks to lay in hot & humid Florida. Everyone will post that They'll get redder combs & such, but time is the real thing to wait for. They had very red combs for many weeks before I got eggs!!! [​IMG]
  3. Honeysucklefeathers

    Honeysucklefeathers Songster

    Jul 19, 2011
    western KY
    I have BR's too and they are usually 5 or 6 months old before they start laying good.
  4. Carolyn

    Carolyn Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    My Barred Rocks started laying @ 20 to 22 weeks. Combs and wattles, bright red, squatting when approached are signs. These are not a production breed so I would just chill for another month or so if I were you. You will really enjoy it when they do.
  5. These BRs took a full 19 weeks and are still, three weeks later, laying dinky starter eggs. They are HUGE and did not mature quickly. I'm taking that as a good thing.

  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I have a heritage BR that I hatched from eggs from Kathyinmo that I'm still praying is a hen.... it's hatch mate already went to that great rooster heaven in the sky. Yum.
  7. Alethea

    Alethea Songster

    May 23, 2011
    Our barred rocks are nineteen weeks old. Flora has been red for weeks and has a gorgeous wattle. Greta is red with a small wattle and may be squatting. Ruthie is just turning red with a tiny wattle. Ruthie and Flora were interested in the plastic egg in the nesting box. No one has laid. I am going away in a week and will be gone three and one half weeks. It would sure be fun if they lay before I go. Who knows?
  8. mysweetgypsy

    mysweetgypsy Chirping

    May 1, 2011
    I have a question along these lines too. I have 2 silkies hens, 24 weeks, 3 large breed, Columbian, BO, and EE, 20 weeks. I have 2 silkie roos also 24 weeks. NO EGGS!!!? I've looked for the signs people talk about, red comb, egg song practice, squating, roos wanting to mate. Each day I see one or two things, but the next day all signs are gone. The combs change color throughout the day, is that normal? The roos are trying to do their thing [​IMG] No singing or squating. They're getting old! [​IMG] I really want eggs [​IMG]
  9. HenniePennie2

    HenniePennie2 In the Brooder

    May 16, 2010
    I am totally frustrated with my girls. coyotes cleaned me out over winter so started with all new chickens early spring. I have several out of 21 'girls' that have been squatting for several weeks, I've heard the clucking screams and no eggs yet. I am feeding them Albers Layer plus lots of squash, berries, melons, and human clean corn on cob. They are treated like royalty!! Some are even 6 months already! I will have to get tough with them & threaten if they don't start laying soon!! LOL

    Darn stinkers that they are!! [​IMG]

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. mstrrlm

    mstrrlm Chirping

    Jun 23, 2011
    Picayune, MS
    Quote:Do u let them free range? If so start looking in hiding places or watch/follow them from distance to find hiding area! Just a thought

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