Pullets on verge of laying? Maybe?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BroosterSpringsteen, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. BroosterSpringsteen

    BroosterSpringsteen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 hens, half born in June, half born in July, and the older ones are on the verge of laying. They're not really showing any signs other than wattles coming in, and combs changing color. I live in the mountains. We've already starting getting occasional light snow. They are a mix of breeds. Is it too much to hope I might get eggs before winter? If they do start, will they stop again and take a break when it gets really cold?
     
  2. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My August chicks were laying by January and laid thru the winter. [​IMG]
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    First year pullets will generally lay right through their first winter. For me, that is a reason to always have first year pullets in the mix.
     
  4. BroosterSpringsteen

    BroosterSpringsteen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh good! I was hoping that might be the case. I think it's time to put a few plastic eggs in their nesting boxes. I think I just saw my Easter Egger squat!
     

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