My chickens are free-loaders! More egg-laying questions!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kellykate, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. kellykate

    kellykate Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Yarmouth, Maine
    Ok so my wonderful group of 7 ladies are all approaching 20 weeks -- no eggs yet. Obviously I am counting out the Cochin (huge!) and Sizzle (tiny) --I'm sure they won't lay for a while! No worries--I can wait for those 2.

    My Australorp and Wyandotte have red wattles and combs and are nice and big and healthy -- but never squat when I approach or crouch when I pet their back? Do I still have a ways to go with them?

    My Campine on the other hand has the opposite problem --she isn't very red at all-- still looks somewhat petite but squats and flares her wings out when I pet her back -- mind you she is probably the most flighty of the bunch and typically doesn't even let me touch!?

    Finally, my Dominique and EE really aren't very red and don't squat --I give up!!

    I know a watched chicken doesn't lay -- but just curious what signs if any you had before they started. Do they need to have a red comb/wattles AND squat AND sing the egg-laying song??Thanks!![​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2009
  2. ChickyLaura

    ChickyLaura The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Mar 31, 2009
    Eastern/Central PA
    Well, I am new to chickens, so I have to admit I have no idea about the squatting - I honestly never noticed.

    BUT, I did notice the red comb and wattles on my one hen last week. Two days ago I heard a loud carrying-on out in the coop, a "Bwok bwok bwok"-ing noise. I ran out, but no eggs.

    So, yesterday, my daughter and one of her friends were out in the coop, and guess what? There was an egg! I got another egg a few hours ago! I'm so proud of her (my hen that's laying)!!!

    Hang in there! It will happen!
  3. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    some chickens lay later then other mine were almost 24 weeks old when they finally layed
    BTW squatters are about to lay
  4. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    I got both of my first eggs within a couple of days of the girls squatting.

    Although when I had ISA Browns they didnt squat till they were about a year old.. got eggs for a long while before that. but I didnt spend as much time with them, which may have effected them either not squatting or me not noticing.

    Squatting is AWESOME not only does it generally mean eggs are coming, it means you can actually catch the evil critters and give them a cuddle (which mine protest to :p)
  5. kellykate

    kellykate Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Yarmouth, Maine
    Agreed on the squating! The particular "lady" who is doing it is typically the most beserko fraidy-chicken -- so it is nice to actually get to give her a little pet and see her up close! Now, I think she is quite sweet and she'll be downright my fav if she lays a darn egg![​IMG]
  6. hrmalexandra

    hrmalexandra In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2009
    Don't give up hope! It'll happen when it happens ... remember middle school when every girl wanted their period? Just like that. Only eggs are way better.
  7. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    20 weeks is the earliest age to begin laying for non-industrial breeds like you have. Be patient! You will have eggs soon! I did have one EE that started at 19 weeks and 6 days... but I have Orpingtons, EEs, and Marans, and many of them didn't start until 22, 23, 24 weeks. It's just normal... the normal range is 20-26 weeks. If you have anyone who is squatting, it won't be too long. However, I had one girl who sang the gg song for 5 weeks before laying. And with my birds, no started squatting until AFTER they had each laid a couple of eggs. They all have their own ways of going about it. I know what it's like to be anxiously awaiting those first eggs! I checked 12 times a day for like 4 weeks before I ever got my first egg.... but be sure that you will have some soon. And it will be awesome when you find that first egg! Sit tight and it won't be long!!
  8. greenscape

    greenscape In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2009
    My Black sex links didn't start laying until they were about week 24 but now they are regular. Yours should start anytime. Also they need less protien at this stage> If you are wanting good layers don't feed anything put Laying pellets extra grain just adds to mush protien. Laying formula's now days have all you need add a little sand or verysmall gravel and that's all you will need.
  9. kellykate

    kellykate Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Yarmouth, Maine
    Ok thanks guys! I'm going to sit tight and try to remember it will happen pretty soon!! [​IMG]
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Mine are 24 weeks and I just got my first egg from my RIR today. So now I only have 1 freeloader. Most of mine started laying around 21-22 weeks.

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