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How much longer do you think I have before this girl lays?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KNelly, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. KNelly

    KNelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is little Apple my 23w old sex link.


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  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I think that she'll lay within the next two or three weeks.
     
  3. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed, not long now. A couple of weeks, give or take.

    Enjoy that first egg!

    - Krista
     
  4. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree.. she will lay soon. Be sure to keep a look out for hidden eggs. The new timers can be the ones that hide their eggs when you think they aren't laying yet...I've pulled out clutches of 18 eggs or so that way from a hidden spot.

    Lady of McCamley
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Best way I've found is to check the points:

    2 bony points on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.


    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 2-3 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it.
     
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  6. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    x2 Spot on advice.
    Lady of McCamley
     
  7. KNelly

    KNelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the replies! I'm really excited now.
     
  8. KNelly

    KNelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She laid her first egg today!!! My very first brown egg!
     
  9. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is awesome. Congratulations, I love brown eggs. I need to get some RIRs.
     
  10. KNelly

    KNelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! She's a mean little clucker so I'm glad she's laying now...makes dealing with her worth it. Lol
     

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