how to encourage first time layers?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by shaggy, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    28 weeks down --- i am getting less patient


    right now the theory in my house is to go bite the bullet and buy a hen that is already laying and introduce it to the flock ---- kind of a monkey-see monkey-do type of thing

    any other suggestions?
     
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed are they? Do you have lights on them? A general rule of thumb is 14+ hours of light per day. At this time of year, you may not be getting that. Breed also could be a factor. Some start earlier than others, but I would think at 28 weeks, most breeds would be laying.
     
  3. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Do they free-range? Could they be laying in a hidden nest? I wouldn't try adding a new hen. For starters, you need to have a quarantine period before you can throw her in with the others, which will delay the introduction by 30 days or so. Then, you would have integration problems, particularly if you only added one hen. Last, chickens can only lay when their bodies have provided an egg for them to lay. They can watch other chickens lay all day long but if their body isn't producing eggs, they're still not going to be able to lay one themselves.
     
  4. Pampered Chicken

    Pampered Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of mine just layed the firct egg. They we're born in mid April. The rest haven't laid.
     
  5. JimWWhite

    JimWWhite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, our first six (of nineteen) started laying pretty much right at twenty-two weeks. When we added the second six egg production ceased for almost two weeks. Teresa said she carried a crockpot down with onions, potatoes, carrots, etc. in it and sat it down next to the run. The next day we started getting eggs again. Go figure. [​IMG]

     
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Move the BBQ closer and closer to the coop - take about a week, by the end of the week put the salt, pepper and chicken herbs and spices on top of the grill ... [​IMG]
     
  7. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL. That's funny.
     
  8. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Breed: 2 Buff Orpingtons and 1 RIR

    Lights: no additional lights --- SE Texas -- so about 11+ hours of daylight

    No Free-Ranging ... they have a 20x50 pen (no hidden nests)

    i would move the BBQ closer --- but whenever i light it -- they flock around it waiting for me to drop scraps
     
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  9. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Buffs started laying at 23 weeks which is consistant with others on here. I think RIR are suposed to be relatively early to lay, so the light may be the problem. If your going to add lights, I would have them come on early in the morning, rather than in the evening. If you add light at night, when the lights turn off, the chickens will freak out with sudden darkness, so add the extra light in the morning.

    Goodluck! Be patient, it will be worth it.
     
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Read them delicious recipes from the chicken section. [​IMG]
     

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