Laying question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mertzy1963, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. mertzy1963

    mertzy1963 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 Golden Laced Wyandotte's that are 6 1/2 months old, 2 Buff Orpingtons 6 1/2 months old, 1 of my Buffs has been laying about 6 weeks now, the other started laying last week, our days are short here in Wisconsin, and its getting cold, my question is will my GLW's start laying or will they wait until spring?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

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    They will start. Mine started last year around 7 months of age and laid pretty well.
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    ....but who knows when?! :D
    Might not be until after the Winter Solstice....how long after remains to be seen.

    Curious, if you are using supplemental lighting @mertzy1963 ?
    @oldhenlikesdogs , I don't think you use lights, but did your GLW start laying in December?
     
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  4. mertzy1963

    mertzy1963 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, I don't use any extra lighting......
     
  5. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

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    I've never had a pullet begin laying when the days are getting shorter as they now are. Even with extra lighting, it was after January when they squirted out their first eggs.

    But you never know. Egg laying appears to be an individual decision. I just had a young EE go through her first molt and she just laid her first egg after completing molt. This is a singular event, never happened before in the month with the shortest days.
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    My first flock had some pullets with the adults, they laid first egg on Solstice Day, with lighting.
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

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    Yes they did. I generally get my chicks the end of May into June. They are always laying by the end of December, with some starting up in November. Wyandotte are slower to start in general, at least as fall maturing birds. My single BLRW I got this year hasn't started yet, but they aren't as good of layers as the gold and silver laced are. I found the gold laced to be the best as far as laying.

    Oh, and I don't use extra light.
     
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  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    I'm still waiting for my Columbian Wyandottes to start laying. They were hatched 4/11. These gals are massive, but no eggs yet. I'm hoping the wait is worth it.
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

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    In my experiences most varieties of Wyandotte are bums. I haven't tried the Columbian yet. It will be interesting to see which side of the fence they land on. :)
     
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    ...and bullies. Have had GLW before and SLW now.
     

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