Not laying yet

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cindychlvr, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Cindychlvr

    Cindychlvr Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls are about 20 weeks old. I have dim light in the hen house all night. The chickens went through a molt before they even laid a single egg at which time they were about 15 weeks old, approximately. They hatched around Labor day weekend. I head out to the cop everyday hoping for that first wonderful egg.....nothing yet. How long should it take after a molt for the chickens to start laying for the first time. I also have a rooster. He is very "active" with his girls. I'm hoping that if he is any indication, the eggs will start showing up soon. Any input or advice is welcome. This is my first flock ever.
     
  2. ther00ster'scr0w

    ther00ster'scr0w Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went through the exact same thing. I bought 4 day old chicks in June who did not start laying until late december! And a week after I got the chicks My grandma gave me a hen with twelve chicks, and the mom did not lay until december as well.

    I'm not exactly sure what kept them, but now they seem to be in a stage of not laying any eggs at all!

    I would just make sure they have adequate feed, water, oyster shells (for calcium) , a nice large space to roam around in, and cozy nest boxes (preferably dark with lots of bedding), and from there unfortunately the only thing to do is wait! But the day you check the nest boxes and find a surprise is well worth the wait!

    Let me know how things turn out!
     
  3. rearrolled

    rearrolled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i give my chooks laying pelets mixed with weeks [​IMG] and i was amazed
     
  4. rearrolled

    rearrolled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mixed with weet
     
  5. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First of all: [​IMG]
    Anyway, 20 weeks is still kind of early for a chicken to start laying. I've had all of mine start at 7 weeks or later. It really depends on the breed, the amount of daylight, nutrition and if they are broody. Of course, for 20 week olds, i wouldn't expect the last one! [​IMG]
     
  6. Cindychlvr

    Cindychlvr Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Is this a commercial feed or a home made one. I'm currently giving them a commercial layer pellet .
     
  7. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
    Quote:Is this a commercial feed or a home made one. I'm currently giving them a commercial layer pellet .

    I recommend you keep them on grower until you actually see some eggs [​IMG]
     
  8. Cindychlvr

    Cindychlvr Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Is this a commercial feed or a home made one. I'm currently giving them a commercial layer pellet .

    I recommend you keep them on grower until you actually see some eggs [​IMG]

    I think that is some good advice I will follow. Thank you!! Off to Western Farm I go!!
     
  9. Jiskra

    Jiskra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you might not see any eggs for weeks, mine were hatched in july and I just found my first egg this friday, they are all 28 weeks and only 2 are laying. I've read here on the forums that some hens didnt start to lay till 30+ weeks too. Also I would keep them off the layer too.
     

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