my chickens wont start laying!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by micah O, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. micah O

    micah O Chirping

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    My chickens are 7 months old and aren't laying and they are Sussex and Rhode island red .
    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2013
  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Songster

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    My RIR's didn't lay until just after 8 months. Think of it as a good sign, the longer it takes them to start the less problems they tend to have with it.
     
  3. capt2004

    capt2004 Hatching

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    i have R I R they started laying after about 24 weeks old
     
  4. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Songster 5 Years

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    If their combs and wattles are big and red and they squat for you they should lay soon.
     
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  5. micah O

    micah O Chirping

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    Thanks nice to know.
     
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  6. Chicklish

    Chicklish Hatching

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    I completely feel your pain. Our chickens are about 24 weeks as well and only one has laid one egg, it was a double yolk which I assumed to be a good omen. It has been four days and we still have nothing. This is our first go with chicks and I am hoping we score big soon! [​IMG]
     
  7. webgranny77

    webgranny77 In the Brooder

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    Do they ever free-range? My RIR found a out of the way spot to claim as her nest. When I found it there were 7 eggs in it.. and I didn't even know she was laying.
     
  8. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Songster

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    The first 1-2 months they can be on and off to figure out their cycle. After 2 months it will be like clockwork.
     
  9. CherohalaKellie

    CherohalaKellie In the Brooder

    I have 10 EE's that were shipped to us around April 10th. No eggs yet and I expected that we would see one around the 15th. They have me on pins and needles!

    A local farmer advised touching their heads with an egg to start them laying. I love mountain lore! I am seriously starting to think about doing it!
     
  10. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Songster

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    You never know, and it won't hurt to try. I got meat chicks and my girls started hanging out with them, next day I got my first egg. Then red waddles and combs growing everywhere and all but 2 of mine started laying within 2 weeks. Nature is a funny thing.
     

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