No egg laying yet for Black Australorps-Need Advice

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KKarwowski, Oct 2, 2016.

  1. KKarwowski

    KKarwowski Just Hatched

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    Hello, everyone!

    I received my 6 Black Australorp juvenile pullets on July 7, 2016 from a national reliable hatchery. I estimate they were 15 weeks at the time. The chickens would have been 24 weeks in the first week of September. I am now into the first week of October and no eggs. The girls have been fed correctly and look healthy. I have ordered some vitamins to feed them. However this is the time of year when chickens that were already laying slow down. Any advice on getting my girls to lay before the really cold weather sets in?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Most Australorps start lay between 5-6 months of age. Your estimate of their initial age could have been off. I would expect them to start soon. How do their combs look? They should enlarge and become bright shiny red.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Pullets that mature in fall do tend to take a bit longer to start laying.
     
  4. KKarwowski

    KKarwowski Just Hatched

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    Three of the chickens have large combs that are bright red, the other three have small combs at this point.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Usually what happens is you post here about it and you get an egg very quickly, good luck.[​IMG]
     
  6. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have they started squatting yet? Is their vent dry or moist looking? Those are signs very close to laying. I'm still waiting for the 3 last australorps to lay also.
     
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  7. KKarwowski

    KKarwowski Just Hatched

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    You will be glad to know the hens started laying on October 7th, exactly 3 months after I received them! And they are now laying between 5 and 6 eggs a day. You were right!
     
  8. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great news!!
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Congratulations[​IMG]
     
  10. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long until our australorps are regularly laying? We have 6 and all 6 have laid (we caught them and marked them with leg bands). But we only get like 3 or so a day. The first one laid over a month ago and the 6th laid first 16 Oct.
     

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