Oyster Shell

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Branderella, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Branderella

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    my 21 week old RIR pullet has been snacking on the oyster shell I leave for my older girl. Does this mean she will be laying soon???
     
  2. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    I don't know that its a sign but she is the right age. My RIR was 21 weeks when she started too.
     
  3. threehorses

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    It means you have smart girls and that they have a smart owner!

    It does mean that they feel an increased need. Pullets can sometimes do that a week before laying.

    What are their combs like? that's how I tell.

    Not ready yet:
    small, pale, scaley combs. (I keep on grower)

    Getting ready:
    Combs are growing, starting to turn cherry colored still a little scaley. (Free choice oyster shell, mix layer in and integrate to layer)

    Here we go:
    Combs are red, turning waxy. Vents are waxy and not particularly tight pale or scaley. (they should already be on laying feed by now and always free choice oyste rshell. I start giving yogurt weekly during this time til they're laying normally)

    Laying:
    Combs are full, waxy, and can flop over depending on size; vents are dilated (open and relaxed), waxy rather than dry and scaley.
    (They should be on laying pellets and free choice oyster shell always)
     
  4. Branderella

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    Quote:Thank you very much..here is what she looks like...what is a vent?? She is the red one in the right corner
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  5. threehorses

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    Her vent is her anus/cloaca.

    Oh yep, she's about to start laying. Make sure she's on layer now. Her body is full and no longer pullet-like but more hen-like, her comb is the right size for the smallish comb, it's definitely bright red. She could lay any time now.

    YAY!
     
  6. Branderella

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    yay! I am so excited. I thought she would be first to lay. Her sis (one on the left) is only 7 weeks older and there is such a difference in size..weird what a couple of weeks can do!
     
  7. threehorses

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    Quote:She's a lovely girl - reminds me very much of our Willow.

    You'll have to update here when she lays her first. [​IMG] That'll be a proud day.
     

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