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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by The Breaker, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. I have marans that are about 32 weeks old now and i have not found any eggs yet when do they usually start to lay
  2. J-Sanders

    J-Sanders Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2012
    Most hens will start to lay around 24 weeks or so. Yours may be laying and you don't know it due to them being free range? It would be almost impossible to have more than one hen be sterile in a flock. Do a vent check by picking up a hen and see if the vent is round and small or oval and moist. Round and small is not laying, Oval and moist are laying somewhere.

    Last edited: Oct 7, 2012
  3. I only let them out too times a week and they are the only dark egg laying hens in my flock maybe they are just late
  4. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
    My maran is 36 weeks and still not laying! Are marans just late bloomers or...?
  5. J-Sanders

    J-Sanders Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2012
    Have you done the vent check? It will tell you if they are late bloomers or just reacting to the season, most hens slow down beginning in the fall.

  6. Ullie

    Ullie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    My Coop
    I am waiting any day now for the first egg from my Marans. I think they are about 20 weeks now.
    I have three black and two copper as well as three Olive Eggers.

    Here are some photos I took today. I've only had them for just over a week now and one even ate a worm out of my hand today.


  7. auburnkurls

    auburnkurls Out Of The Brooder

    May 24, 2012
    Lakewood, WA
    I have 2 marans hatched May 25.... waiting still for eggs. One of them has a big red comb.. but no eggs.
  8. my marans just layed their first eggs around 37 weeks old
  9. Cocotte

    Cocotte Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2010
    I have two 30 week olds and am still waiting for eggs.
  10. Sally8

    Sally8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2011
    I have 4 BCM and they started laying at 21 weeks. All 4 started within 1 week of each other. It's now been a month and one has gone broody on me. The eggs are still smallish! I've read where some people's Marans start laying large eggs right away. But not mine, of course. I also let mine free range a little and on those days, I don't always find eggs. My Momma always said, "A watched pot never boils"

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