My hens aren't laying.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RhodeRed596, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. RhodeRed596

    RhodeRed596 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2011
    My 20 RIRs are 5 months 3 days old now, and still no eggs, I'll keep them inside the coop for a few days to see if they are laying outside. I've noticed only about 1/3 of them are sexually mature, do they start laying eggs before or after this?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    The average laying age is 20 weeks. 5 mos x 4 weeks is 20, + your three extra days......

    Patience, patience my dear! 20 is just the average, and sometimes they take a bit longer! You will see eggs soon, I bet!

  3. imusa76

    imusa76 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Rhode Island
    My Red sexlinks took 25 week.. and my Favoralls took over 26..
    they will lay when they are ready.. [​IMG]
  4. adele

    adele Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 6, 2010
    I have 2 RIRs. One of them has been laying for 2 weeks. They were hatched in mid November that's 9 months and 4 days... come on Eunice!
  5. MommyMagpie

    MommyMagpie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2011
    Salem/Jarvisville, WV
    Quote:Oh my, 25 weeks? I was so sure we were close, my younger ones will be 19 weeks tomorrow. The anticipation is killing me!
  6. pinkwindsong

    pinkwindsong Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2011
    Laurens SC
    My girls hatched March 17th.. yesterday was the first egg. by my one white leghorn.. she gave me another this am.. the difference is a 20degree temp difference here.. most peoples hens have been Off laying due tot he heat.. Im still waiting for my other girls BR and DB's to start they are squatting but no eggs yet.. they're still debating apparently umung themselves as to when they will start...
    have patience and they are worth it.. [​IMG]

    blessed be
  7. CluckCluck18

    CluckCluck18 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    Largo, FL
    It's like the watched pot that never boils. Stop waiting and looking every minute.....I sort of gave up and went out to clean the coop and there was a perfect brown egg! My Marans was the only 20 week layer. My EE, RIRS and New Hampshires all took between 22-28 weeks. My EE was the slow poke. Good luck:p
  8. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    My RSLs started laying at 16-17 weeks. No rooster. No extra hormones. They lay when their bodies decide to lay. They got bright red combs and wattles and started egg squats and laying began within a week.
  9. ParadiseChickens

    ParadiseChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2011
    My 8 RIR chickens were born the first part of March. We got them at 4 wks old on March 22. They dont look at all interested in laying. Some of them have really red combs and some still have pale ones and I wouldnt know a squat if I saw one. They are just pets but some eggs would be really ok, girls. It is hot here in Texas tho, triple digits. We had 2 days of cooler weather last week and then back to the triples for a total so far this year of 50 as of today. Maybe by October it will be both cooler and I will get some eggs.

    I told hubby this morning to take that lonely golf ball that is on a shelf in our garage and put it in one of the nests, just for grins.
  10. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2010
    San Diego
    I have some 25-26 week old girls and some of them are STILL not laying! It takes a lot of patience [​IMG]

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