Just changed my signature line: 26 weeks and no eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wolfpacker, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    :thun [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    Surely they have to pop some out soon! [​IMG]
  3. CutestChickenFarmer

    CutestChickenFarmer Songster

    Jun 26, 2007
    Mine just turned 18 weeks, and I've been keeping a watchful eye out. None at 26 weeks?! Holy cow! I'd always heard that they generally start at 18 weeks. I'll be so annoyed if I have to wait that long!
  4. Rosalind

    Rosalind Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    I read that they can skip till spring if they happen to mature at exactly the wrong time of year--if they were going to lay in fall during a molting season, and then they don't get enough light in winter, they can wait till next spring to lay.

    I know exactly how you feel. Some of mine didn't start till 24 weeks, and the only way I could tell who was laying what was because they all lay slightly different colors. I was sure I was the only person on earth who got non-laying chickens, but apparently they will lay really really well once they get started if they hold off till next spring.
  5. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Mine turn 20 weeks the week of Christmas and the week of the shortest daylight of the year.

    I'd like to THINK they will start to lay regardless, but am realistic enough to not get my hopes up for anything until at least Feb or March.

    I'm HOPING they will surprise me sometime before that though... [​IMG]

    On a positive note, their combs/wattles are getting VERY red so that's a good sign!
  6. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I have one laying, started at exactly 18 weeks. I wasn't even looking yet. Now it makes me even more anxious for the other 13 to do something.
  7. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    I'm playing the waiting game to. my 2 BSL's are laying an egg a day but the 7EE"S well they are starting to get their combs and wattles, it might be next spring before they start earning their keep.
  8. Man oh man you are having to be one patient chicken farmer! Hope the girls are at least entertaining you while getting ready to deliver. And they will deliver!!!! Good luck w/ it.
  9. jackiedon

    jackiedon Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas
    I have 7 to 10 polish hens that will be 35 weeks this week and I get 1 that is 1 egg every other day!!!!!! [​IMG] I'm ready to get rid of them!!!

  10. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Yep, peeps born late in the summer season may wait til spring to begin to lay. They will begin to lay large eggs once they start, without all the smaller pullet eggs.
    Additional light in the coop, meeting the 14 hour requirement will get them going however.


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