Only 60% of my flock is laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by britt_brat, Sep 21, 2019.

  1. britt_brat

    britt_brat Hatching

    Sep 21, 2019
    Northwest Florida
    Hello all, I'm new to raising chickens, so I'm still learning as I'm going.
    I have 10 chickens total. I've got 6 Novogens, 3 Isa Browns, and 1 Sliver Laced Wyndatte.
    I'm do not know which 6 are laying, but I'm pretty sure it is the novogens. The wyndatte is roughly 2-4 weeks younger than the other 9. I got my first egg on Sept. 4th, a second on the 6th, and been getting 6 eggs regularly since the 12th. Am I just being impatient? Will the others start to lay soon, or should I be worried that there is something wrong with them?

    The eggs I'm currently getting have good strong shells, and are beautifully brown.
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  2. Sequel

    Sequel Free Ranging

    Chickens love to torture us by making us wait! I have a 7 month old Easter Egger who only started laying last week! Hang in there, all is probably just fine!
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  3. silkie1472

    silkie1472 Songster

    Dec 28, 2016
    I have a couple questions:

    What are Novagens? I know it’s just a hatchery name for the birds, but what do they look like?

    How old are the birds? The ISA browns are likely to lay sooner, but that will depend on the genetics of the Novagens. Silver laced Wyandottes tend to mature slower.
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  4. Wow. I have eight birds and six eggs is a very high number for us. Usually we get four eggs. Our chickens (5 Wyandottes and 3 Orpingtons) started laying in August.
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Yep! ;)


    Here's some ways to tell....

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  6. britt_brat

    britt_brat Hatching

    Sep 21, 2019
    Northwest Florida
    Novogens are a red sex link chicken. A cross between a rhode island red and a white leghorn.

    They and the Isa Browns are roughly 6 months old.
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Impatient ? Yes. Different breeds and even different birds of the same breed mature at varying times. Nothing is wrong with your birds. Enjoy them.
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  8. So hey are bred for laying. Sometimes it takes a while for them to get there.

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