Late Layer

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bucky14, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. Bucky14

    Bucky14 New Egg

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    I have an Ameraucana that just laid her first beautiful blue egg! We had given up on her because it took her 9 months to lay her first egg. Any reasons why it took her so long to start laying?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Because she became laying age when days were getting shorter. Decreasing day length is a signal NOT to lay eggs.
     
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  3. Bucky14

    Bucky14 New Egg

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    Thanks for the reply. We brought her home the same time with 5 others and they all started laying 3 months before her?
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on CC's post. Light striking the hen's pineal gland is what stimulates her to lay. I don't know what other breeds you have, but they may be better layers in less light than Ameraucanas. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    All breeds do not start laying at the same age. There are even differences among sisters.
     
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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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