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How long is too long to wait for first eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CluckinghamPal, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. CluckinghamPal

    CluckinghamPal In the Brooder

    We have 6 chooks - three are still too young, we have one laying (Speckled Sussex) who did not start until 28/30 week mark

    - but the other two are now well over 30 weeks (Olive Egger and Blue Weyandotte) in fact more like 32 weeks+

  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    They are starting a little late, but 7 months is not that unusual for large non commercial breeds from what people are mentioning on the boards about when their birds started to lay. I would expect most hatchery birds to have started by now, but breeder or show birds maybe not. A good part of when they start laying is genetic, and if they haven't been selected for early lay, they won't. If they are on a good quality food and are healthy (no illnesses, no parasites etc), they aren't hiding eggs, and you are sure they are hens, you pretty much are left with being patient. ... hope they start laying eggs for you soon.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013

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