I have been waiting and waiting for one hen to start laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by missnu01, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. missnu01

    missnu01 Songster

    Nov 16, 2012
    and I think she is getting closer. She is really big, I got her just a few weeks ago and was told she is almost ready to start laying, but I grow impatient. But today I notice that her nonexistent comb is just starting to get a little color on it...and she keeps going to our big roo and doing this low to the ground tail swish shake your butt thing...he doesn't seem at all interested...then again I haven't seen him show too much interest in any of the hens while I am around, but the eggs we get seem to be fertilized....perhaps it was because I was there...I don't know.

  2. DeepFried

    DeepFried In the Brooder

    Aug 10, 2012
    I suppose every variety has its own biological timetable... but in my flocks case, the two hens that are laying began to show the signs you are describing (non-existent combs gaining color) about 6 weeks before I saw an egg. In the last two of those six weeks, the combs and waddles really transformed into "mature" size and color. The other two hens are just now showing the reddening of the small combs... I guess that means their first eggs will be 2013 models. The wait... STINKS!
  3. superjjf

    superjjf Chirping

    Mar 15, 2012
    North East, PA
    I just had a 7-8 month hen finally lay...now she's a regular!
  4. missnu01

    missnu01 Songster

    Nov 16, 2012
    Awww jeez...6 more weeks...this girl's first egg will be powdered...lol.

    Oh the waiting. Oh well, at least the eggs are delicious, and once the hens start they should lay for a bit and that is good enough for me, I guess. I am just tired of feeding so many chickens and getting only one egg....

    But starting anything requires a good bit of wait time. So wait I shall.

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