My pretty girls (minus eggs)!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TwinMommy2009, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. TwinMommy2009

    TwinMommy2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Buff Orpingtons are 23 weeks and STILL not laying. They havent shown any interest in the nest boxes. Will they naturally gravitate towards the boxes when they're ready? Im SO impatient!! Here are pictures of them and their roo. Also, my Cochin just for kicks. [​IMG]



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  2. TwinMommy2009

    TwinMommy2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry the photos are so large, I dont know how to resize... [​IMG]
     
  3. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:they are all pretty

    when you up load your pic just make a check mark in box under file browse it will resize them for u
     
  4. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buffs can be rather slow starting in the laying department.

    26 to 32 weeks was around when my four started.

    All chickens even within a single breed start laying on their timetable and not what someone (no matter how many sets of alphabet soup they have after their name) says is the time.
     
  5. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are some good looking chickens!
     
  6. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Buff O just started laying yesterday at not quite 21 weeks, but her comb and wattles are much more developed than your girl in the first pic. It is interesting how much the process can vary within the same breed.
     
  7. TwinMommy2009

    TwinMommy2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone!! [​IMG] Im aware that they will lay on their own "schedule"... but what I'd really like to know is about the nest boxes.. Will they eventually find them interesting enough to lay in them?? The pretty much ignore them at this point. When it is time to lay will they naturally go into them?? Thanks again!!! [​IMG]
     
  8. Quillgirl

    Quillgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine ignored them until right before they began laying. I put a couple of white golf balls in them to inspire them and inform them that the box was the spot to put eggs. Once they began laying, they always used the boxes except a couple of odd times when they dropped an egg from the roost. THat was early in their lives when their schedule wasn't quite regular, but they matured into good egg layers.
     
  9. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just put some wooden eggs I found at Michaels into my nest boxes 2 days ago. Mine aren't laying yet either but a couple of the RIR girls are looking real promising...combs, wattles, and faces are red and they are kinda doing the 'squat' thing when I reach down to them. I can't tell yet that anyone has actually gotten into the nests, but they are ready for them. My BO girls look nowhere ready to lay. Their combs and wattles have hardly started growing yet, much less turning red. They are all the same age, 17 weeks [​IMG]
     
  10. TwinMommy2009

    TwinMommy2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much for the last two replies. [​IMG] I plan on getting a couple faux eggs to hopefully encourage the girls!! Patience is a virtue! [​IMG][​IMG]
     

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