I want eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Suess hens, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. Suess hens

    Suess hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I have been through a lot with these chickens, lost a few, saved many, a lot of fun chasing, a few pecks and scratches, and a desire to kill the neighbor's cat who apparently never goes home.
    I now have 2-18 week old EEs, 1-14 week old BR, and then the rest just get younger. I live in Southern Cal. Still nice and warm, girls get lots of sun, have huge area to run, and often get to free range (depends on what time I get home, I leave as the sun comes up). When will I have my first egg. I am starting to get anxious....yes anxious, excited and nervous about my first reaction, and what their reaction will be--hoping for no cannibal chickens. I have been good until about 3 days ago. I haven't been really picky, haven't been pestering them, I look in the boxes, but never expect anything. But now, I almost dread going because I think: "There won't be anything, I shouldn't even look, I will be so sad."
    DH threatened them, but he rarely goes out there so I am sure they didn't take him seriously.
    How much longer?
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    My EEs didn't start laying until 22-24 weeks.
     
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    My bantam cochin is ~24 weeks and my standards are about 20. I think that the RIR is getting very close but the others are giving no signs.

    It's murphy's law of the 1st laying hen: the one you're least attached to because of skittishness will be the first to lay and pay her rent.
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Oh, and murphy's law of predators is that your fav hen gets eaten.
     
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    You're getting close. Watch for a different range of sounds, for changes in face/combs...and more pecking order behavior. Then you get eggs! [​IMG]
     
  6. Suess hens

    Suess hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I already have change in face and comb, and so many more sounds coming out of my run and coop, but still no eggs.
     
  7. palomino777902

    palomino777902 Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe you can encourage the chicken thought process by putting fake eggs in the boxes?
    I have 2 Ameracaunas, 2 silver pencils, 4 RIR, 3 partridge rocks. (bantys) They are all 12 weeks old.

    Now you have me excited!!! I got a ways to go. You said yours are 18 weeks. Argh!
     
  8. Suess hens

    Suess hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have golf balls in the nesting boxes. I even have EE colored golf balls in the boxes....thinking maybe that would help them more than just a stinkin' white one. Alas, there is still nothing. I am going to go and see if I can con them with a treat.
     
  9. happyhen

    happyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My RIR's started laying at 19 1/2 weeks, right after I started chanting various ways to cook chicken everytime I checked on them! [​IMG]

    They will lay.....eventually.
     
  10. mirime

    mirime Chillin' With My Peeps

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