My Welsummer and Buckeye pullets are STILL not laying at 40 weeks.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by littlelemon, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. littlelemon

    littlelemon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never had to wait this long for eggs. I have always had pullets start to lay by at least 30 weeks (though I think my Delawares were a bit past that). All of my older hens stopped laying for the winter and I was counting on the pullet eggs to get us through- but here it is mid-January and nothing. What is really upsetting is that I sold several Buckeyes from the same hatching to friends of mine, and they are laying! I can't believe that theirs are laying and mine are not- it's not fair!!!!!!! [​IMG]

    So those of you with Welsummers and Buckeyes- are they particularly late maturing? Am I going to have to wait until spring until I see an egg? I know I sound impatient, but 40 weeks- that is too long.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    any crowing? [​IMG]
     
  3. littlelemon

    littlelemon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very funny- I would laugh if it wasn't such a depressing situation:)
     
  4. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you have an egghunt yet? Maybe they're hiding a giant stash somewhere in the run.
     
  5. GraceAK

    GraceAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They could very well be hiding them.... Thats a good suggestion. [​IMG]

    I hope they lay soon.
     
  6. littlelemon

    littlelemon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will look in the yard today. I guess it is possible, but I doubt it as they stay inside the coop when we have lots of snow and I think I would have seen an egg in the coop during those times if they were laying. My other thought is that maybe I have an egg eater-though I haven't seen any signs of that at all, no crushed eggs, no pieces of shell, nothing. All of my other hens have stopped laying for the winter so I haven't seen a single egg since November.
     
  7. littlelemon

    littlelemon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I noticed in your sig that you have a Welsummer pullet. Is she laying yet?
     
  8. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    First sunny day you get, push them out into the snow for 2 hours. Won't kill them, and certainly helped my egg production.
     
  9. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    My wellies laid right around... 24 weeks, I believe, maybe 25. It's my Javas that are aiming for the soup.

    I've heard people say that depending on your timing sometimes they'll wait until spring to start at all. Maybe a protein boost is in order?
     
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Not what I want to hear. I have 2 12 1/2 week old pullets. (where's the plugging my ears smiley?)

    I think I'd up their protein and see if that helps. Get mealworms, tuna, higher protein feed, scrambled eggs (if you have enough to share).
     

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