My White Leghorn will be 15 weeks tomorrow

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bobbieschicks, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    So how close am I to getting my 1st egg? I've never had chickens before and I've read 16 weeks and 20+ weeks...but what is the normal for WLs? I didn't put her on layer feed yet because I have other chicks in the coop with her that are much younger - three 11 week olds and soon I'll have eight 4 week olds that will have access to her feed as well. I figured I would supplement her start/grower feed with oyster shell, but how do I give just her oyster shell?

    It's so crazy that I am terrified to let her free range for fear something will happen to her after getting her this far - I just want one egg from her! HAHA!
     
  2. seanb

    seanb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bobbieschicks,

    We have 3 white leghorns and got our first egg last week at 21.5 weeks of age. That hen has been laying an egg every day since. Two days ago, we noticed two white eggs so we have another leghorn laying. Today we had 3 eggs, although one of them was a bit off-white so we're not sure if all 3 leghorns are laying or if it's one of the other 6 hens.

    We did notice that about two weeks after their combs (white leghorns) suddenly got larger and very red is when they started laying. I'm no expert but based on our experience, I'd say look for that change.

    Sounds like you might be about 6 weeks away from having eggs if they're anything like ours. Hang in there!
     
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  3. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    Quote:Okay thanks! I did notice that SnowWhite's comb is getting taller and pinker, but she still has a very small comb compared to the roo. I joked with my son that we should give eggs to everyone for Christmas presents and we may just be able to do that!

    Here's Snowwhite hanging with Foghorn and the 3 11 week olds - this was last week.
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    I don't have a close up of Snowwhite, but this is my Ancona AC - and Snowwhite's comb looks just like this with the redness around her face now. My little AC is only 10 weeks old in this picture.
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  4. bgelber

    bgelber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she still has a few weeks to go looking at the pic. Her comb will become very red before she lays.
    My leghorns where around 22 wks at POL.
     
  5. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    Thanks - I will be a little more patient and hope for an egg before Christmas [​IMG]
     
  6. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my white leghorns started laying at 17.5 weeks and all were laying by 21 weeks.
     
  7. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    Quote:Oh good there's hope she'll lay sooner then Christmas.
     

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