My girls aren't laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AROcrowley, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. AROcrowley

    AROcrowley Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2015
    East Bridgewater
    I have 6 chicks that are 18 weeks old. They have not laid any eggs yet. I saw/heard one of them in the coop making some strange noises and it was obvious that she was in the nesting box. The wood shavings were as though she was burrowed down in them. I was sure she was going to produce because of all the noise but there was nothing. Is this common? When can I expect eggs? thanks. New to this .
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!
    What breed(s) are your girls? 18 weeks is at the very early end of the window of "average onset of production" - most standard breed birds are going to fall more in the 22-28 week range with some breeds taking even longer to mature and start laying. Inspecting nest sites and starting to show interest is a good sign. It would be helpful if you were to take and post a couple of photos of your birds - the condition of the comb and wattles is one indicator to use in assessing how close to laying a pullet might be. Another indicator is whether or not a pullet performs the "submissive squat" (assuming the pose that she would to permit a rooster to mount and mate her) - which she will display even if there is no rooster present, for example they are often cued by your hand reaching down over them and react to it as they would an approaching rooster.
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  3. bigt447

    bigt447 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2015
    Ditto to every thing Ol Grey Mare said. Sound advise.
  4. Skylercarr

    Skylercarr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2015
    They probably will start laying in a month or two depending on the breed. Mine started laying at 23 weeks.
  5. AROcrowley

    AROcrowley Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2015
    East Bridgewater
    So now I have one chick that was laying every day all week. Unfortunately they ate one of the eggs which is a huge problem I understand. But today she did not lay.
    Is that common or a problem? I just put a bunch of straw in the coop because the weather is changing. Noidea what I am doing but I am trying.
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    If the egg they ate was shell-less, that's completely normal. It probably won't escalate to egg eating. It can take several weeks for new layers to start laying consistently.
    If they start constantly eating eggs, then you may need to start giving them a higher protein feed. And, of course, make sure they have access to a source of calcium. Calcium makes egg shells strong. The stronger the shell, the harder it will be to break.

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