is something wrong with my RIR

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sundance, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. I have 22 female and 2 roos RIR. as far as i know they are in good health, they eat about 50 lbs of feed a week, at this time they are about 22 weeks old, so i thought we should be getting some eggs. my dh says if they don't start laying very soon they will laying out on the BBQ grill for our dinner, can any body help me I'm getting desperate.[​IMG]
  2. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    All my chickens turned 22 weeks yesterday and i have not found an egg yet. Mine are of 4 different breeds and all making me wait. You'll get them.
  3. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    I bet it will happen soon. I have 6 RIR pullets that are 24 wks old. One of mine started laying at about 22 wks and it wasn't even the most mature looking one. It was very sporatic. Then
    BAM, last week when we had cooler weather they were all going crazy in and out of the coop and fussing and squawking. I had 2 more lay last Wed, then another one started on was a trickling effect. I think by this week all 6 are laying and all in the nest boxes. It was very exciting to get 7 eggs a few days ago. Be patient and keep us posted!
  4. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    I think you need to go into the coop and let them know about the BBQ!!
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Cockerals in the hen house cause added stress, and will cause the hens to take longer to lay. The competition between the cockerals has the pullets looking for a safe haven to be left alone which prolly can't be found.
    Mating is all the cockerals care about, while the pullets would just like to start to laying.


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