how do you know they are ready to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NewbyJan, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. NewbyJan

    NewbyJan In the Brooder

    Sep 26, 2010
    our hens are about 18weeks old and still no eggs. The weather has got a bit colder and the 4 of them just love to cuddle up together of a night. I don't know whether there are any signs we should be looking for to suggest they are about to start laying!! Any ideas or suggestions gratefully received!! [​IMG]
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Bright red combs, squatting behavior, practicing "the egg song". 18 weeks is early yet, but I know that it is hard to wait. [​IMG]
  3. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

    Apr 15, 2010
    SillyCon Valley
    My Buffy was around 29weeks when she laid her first egg. So yeah, you've got time. The previous poster already explained what to watch for.

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