No eggs yet!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mizz9, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. mizz9

    mizz9 Out Of The Brooder

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    I thought maybe if I posted about it then chicken-law would say they lay right after I complain! [​IMG]

    Our 3 girls are 27 wks old, one Barred Rock, one RIR, and one Black Australorp. No "squatting" or "egg song" practicing yet! But Ginger, the RIR, looks like a "big chicken" with her nice red comb and wattles, so we have been thinking any day now for weeks! They are happy healthy and fiesty free-ranging girls so we are happy about that.

    Our non-chicken friends keep asking us if it is because we don't have a rooster, lol

    I know, I know, we just have to be patient [​IMG]

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    They do look very close. Hopefully your complaint works, it seems it always does. Good luck.[​IMG]
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Free ranging huh?
    Could have hidden nests.

    I'd check vents and pelvic points, and if the conclusion is 'usually laying' I'd lock em up for a week or so.

    Vent Appearance:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying.

    Pelvic Points 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.


    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 3-4 days (or longer) can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. Fake eggs/golf balls in the nests can help 'show' them were to lay. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.
     
  4. mizz9

    mizz9 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the tips! I will see if I can get the DH to help with chicken wrangling so we can check the vents.

    I have been doing "egg hunts" every other day thinking they might have a stash in the yard somewhere. Luckily our yard is all fenced in and there are limited hiding spots, no eggs in any of the chicken hide-outs!

    We have a couple ping pong balls in the nest box so hopefully that helps.
     
  5. mizz9

    mizz9 Out Of The Brooder

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    No eggs still...even checking all over the yard in any possible hiding spots!

    I tried checking the vents by myself right after aart's advice. There was a lot of squawking and annoyed squirmy chickens and I wasn't successful in finding the vents, just lots of fluff lol. First time chicken owner [​IMG]

    Anyway, tried again today this time with backup. RIR pelvic bones are about 2 fingers width, Australorp is barely even 1 finger! and BR is a little less than 2 fingers. They were QUITE displeased with having their butts checked! Such princesses.

    Guess our girls are just slow growers. They are nearly 7 months old. But keep thinking Ginger (RIR) should be any day (any minute)!!?!?

    Mostly it's just really annoying when family/friends keep asking where the eggs are!
     
  6. TeeMom

    TeeMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 7 black copper marans and 4 speckled Sussex pullets who are 26 weeks. The first of the BCM just laid her first and second beautiful chocolate brown eggs this week and that's it. Several of the BCM and most of the Sussex don't even look close. Their combs are still very light and immature. The one who is laying and a few of her sisters have looked ready for over a month now. They'll get there...eventually. ;)[​IMG]
    Her 1st egg on the left

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    Here she is looking directly at the camera with one of her sisters who still isn't laying either.
     
  7. JennaMW14

    JennaMW14 Out Of The Brooder

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    Beautiful eggs! :) :love
    Good Luck, they look like they should be laying anytime now. :)
     
  8. TeeMom

    TeeMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, @JennaMW14!
     
  9. AutumnHens

    AutumnHens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I complained and two days later I had eggs, so hopefully it works for you as well. Of course only one is laying out of six but it still stops people from asking "when are you going to get eggs?"
     
  10. mizz9

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    @TeeMom those are pretty eggs :)
     

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