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I have pullet eggs!!! FINALLY - at 30.5 weeks of age!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DianeS, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. DianeS

    DianeS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens have finally decided to lay! I guess my talks about Col. Sanders were finally taken to heart! [​IMG]

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    I found the first two eggs the day after Christmas, and have gotten almost one a day since then. I could have missed seeing an egg laid on Christmas Day, or I have two laying. I'm not sure. I have three hens all the same age, born the last week of May, which makes them 30.5 weeks old when I finally got an egg. Sheesh! But I'm glad I finally have some. [​IMG] In addition to these six, there was one with a really thin shell that bent rather than cracked, and the hens half ate that one before I found it. (That's no biggie, right? They're still learning?)

    Here are my hens. I'm certain the one in front (on the right) is laying, the one on the left might be, and I think I'm still waiting on the one in the middle. All three are either RIR or Production Reds or something awfully similar to that.

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    I'm looking forward to scrambled eggs, fried eggs, french toast... [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011
  2. RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather

    RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aloha,

    Congrats! I can't tell just from this photo but the other two in the back might be laying real soon. But the one in front is definitely the layer at the helm. Big bright comb/waddles. But there is a couple other ways I use to see if they are laying or going to lay.

    1) If they squat for you if you try to hold them. (meaning they are close to laying in a couple weeks)
    2) Looking for a full/plump cloaca (in the rear) A small one means not yet.
     
  3. DianeS

    DianeS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL! Both of those require the chickens to permit me to get close to them - which they don't! I got them at about 4 months of age, and they never have gotten used to me. Silly birds. [​IMG]
     
  4. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Congrats, on the first eggs how exciting!
     
  5. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    stuart florida
    congrats [​IMG] it might not be a big deal about that 1 egg getting partially eaten just make sure it isn't a regular occurance, 1 egg eater can spoil the bunch, I only have 1 girl laying at the moment and its that infrequent that I worry about the new chicks its a bad time of year for me to find an egg eater, since I don't know if eggs have been laid
     

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