my chickens arent laying! help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BackyardCountry, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. BackyardCountry

    BackyardCountry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2011
    My Own Little World....
    my chickens are 23 weeks old right now and they STILL arent laying. i have a rir, buff orp, ameracuana, and wyandotte and also an australorp, but she started laying about 4 to 5 weeks ago i dont understand whats wrong, i mean they should be laying and the fact that the other one is already started is weird. is there anything i can do??? or am i just overreacting???
  2. BantamoftheOpera

    BantamoftheOpera Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    Southern Maine
    You're over reacting ;-) Give it some time, they will lay when they are ready. Each bird develops at their own pace.
  3. Marcymom3

    Marcymom3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Be patient. I know it is very hard waiting for the first egg, but hang in there. [​IMG]
  4. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ditto.... Most pullets will begin laying between 22 and 24 weeks of age. But.... we are just starting into the time of molting and also the daylight hours are getting shorter.
    It will depend a lot on the breeding. Are their combs turning red? Check their vent. It should be oval instead of round as they get closer to laying. Check the spread of the pubic bones. Hold your pullet in one hand and with the other feel slightly below her vent. You will feel two bones, these are the pubic bones. Place your fingers between the bones. How many fingers will fit between them? You should be able to fit three fingers between her pubic bones if she is laying or about to start.
    Patience is the key. Yes it is always a great joy to get that first egg but the girls will lay when they are ready.
  5. rlutzer1

    rlutzer1 New Egg

    May 28, 2012
    My chickens are not chicks, they are mature chickens, given to me 2 weeks ago and the first nite, they laid 1 egg each and since then 2 weeks and 3 days and no eggs.....what is wrong....I hidden nests, no predators, because I lock them in their coop at nite....
  6. darin367

    darin367 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 1, 2010
    Shelton, Wa.
    it will take a few weeks after moving them/changing their routine... the reason you got an egg the first day was that egg was already in the pipeline...... you'll have eggs soon if you're providing everything they need, food, water, a coop, nest box etc....

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