Impatience!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by plucky, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. plucky

    plucky Out Of The Brooder

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    My 12 pullets (can you believe I got 100% correctly sexed chicks), 4 buff orpingtons, 4 barred rocks, 2 rr reds, and 2 e eggers, are now exactly 6 months old today. No eggs yet and I'm getting impatient...I figured they'd be laying by now.

    Yesterday one of the barred rocks let out a big "BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAK!" and I ran out expecting to maybe find an egg. Nothing except an egret that had landed close to the coop and upset some of the hens.

    Am I too impatient? Could the extreme heat we've been having have an effect on egg laying?[​IMG]
     
  2. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    my pullets are 5 months old, and finally got 1 egg saturday, and 2 eggs sunday, they are laying in the barn, not in the chicken house. You might try searching around, maybe they are laying somewhere you haven't found the eggs yet??
     
  3. tomstephens

    tomstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm with you. I'm at 6 months this week and I'm sooo ready for an egg but nothing I can find. I've looked all over.
     
  4. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I'm with you all, only my chicks are only 9 wks and I'm wanting the Sex links to lay at 16 weeks!
    How's that for impatient?
    I know the other breeds will take longer but my banty Cochins were laying at 19 weeks so I can always dream![​IMG]

    And yes, I wonder if the heat is keeping them from laying. Though my Cochins are going strong, I have heard from others that theirs have slowed down.[​IMG]
     
  5. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    As soon as my Buff laid an egg unexpedetly at 16 weeks, I started the rest that age on layer feed. Within a week two more were laying. Now they are not quite 19 weeks and my brown lh and Auracana still have not laid.
     
  6. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    everyone is on layer feed here, except the babies.
    It is pretty hot here, suppose to be in the 90's today again, we are still getting at least a dozen eggs a day from the 20 hens that have been laying.
     
  7. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a variety of hens, 11 in all, Jersery giants, barred rock, buff orph, easter eggers. I am not sure which ones are laying but I am getting 2-4 eggs every day. Our temps are in the hight 90's with a heat index up to 110 due to the humidity. I have been told that the heat affects them. My father in law has the same breed hens as mine and got them the same day. He is getting up to 10 eggs a day with 14 hens. He lives in the same area. We are feeding them the same laying crumbles because I buy it for him since he is disabled.

    Go figure! [​IMG]

    Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  8. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    my girls are in alot of shade, by trees that shade the chicken house, it is well ventilated also, maybe we are just in a good spot? It seems there is always a breeze here too.
    been getting 2 guinea eggs a day too.
     
  9. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh, the age old "when will they lay?" question!

    I've got two EEs that didn't lay until well after 8 months; however, these two are my only two that lay Jumbo-sized eggs! So, my theory is that the longer they wait, the larger eggs they will lay!
     
  10. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    They should start any day. I would start them on a layer pellet with a small bowl of calcium chips/oyster shells.
     

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