Novice question about laying

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LakewoodRN, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. LakewoodRN

    LakewoodRN In the Brooder

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    OK, so, I inherited a coop and 2 full grown hens that were a year old. Both lay faithfully every day. Of course when this happened, my kids thought it would be fun to surprise mom by bringing home the $3 chicks from the hardware store (learning chicken math already). Fast forward. The chicks are doing well and are about 12-13 weeks now. I was under the impression that they wouldn't start laying till 18-20 weeks? This morning I got my usual eggs from my big girls but there was also 2 small broken eggs with soft shells elsewhere in my coop. Could these 2 little girls be trying to lay already? Seems unlikely but any other explanation?
     
  2. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Songster

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    Are you sure of their age? Do they have red combs and wattles? Most start laying at 4 to 8 months most start a 6
     
  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    One of your older girls is probably having an "issue" with her laying skills.

    Post a few pictures of your "new" chicks.
     
  4. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Whilst there can always be exceptions to the rule, I'd imagine, like Kikis that its one of your mature hens that is having some issues with her egg-laying plumbing. I wouldn't panic about it, but this link may be helpful, particularly if the soft-shelled, multiple egg issue continues -
    http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/common-egg-quality-problems
     
  5. LakewoodRN

    LakewoodRN In the Brooder

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    Pretty sure! I got them first week of April and they were still fuzzy so surely couldn't have been more than a week old. The barely have combs and waddles. Does Breed make a difference? They are Silver Laced Wyandotte.
     
  6. MamaChick74

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    Do they have access to oyster shell or crush eggshells? They should have access to calcium that they need for strong shells at all times.
     
  7. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Some commercial lines are likely to lay earlier than heritage breeds, ditto sex-linked pullets from hatchery sources. I've never kept Wyandottes, but I'd doubt that beginning to lay at such a young age would be expected from that breed.
     
  8. LakewoodRN

    LakewoodRN In the Brooder

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    IMG_1312.JPG These are the little girls, thanks everyone for the replies and links!
     
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  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    I highly doubt these two are laying yet.
     
  10. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    I've had Wynadottes, really don't think they are the ones laying. Those that I've had lay around 7 - 8 months. When you approach them, do they squat? Thinking one of your hen's having issues, what are you feeding them? Do they have access to oyster shells?
     

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