Red combs and wattles for a month. No eggs.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by zoomia, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. zoomia

    zoomia Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    This is driving me CRAZY. I have two six month olds who have had super red, super huge combs and wattles for about a MONTH. And STILL no eggs. (I've checked vents/pelvic bones--they're definitely not laying yet.)

    They're loud and bokbokky, they spend time in the hen house during the day sniffing around ... but this has been going on for about a month too.

    So all you chicken experts--I keep hearing a week, two weeks after the redness starts. What's the longest it's taken?
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2009

  2. shaggy

    shaggy Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Orange, Texas
    Quote:how old?
    what breed of chicken?
    got any pics?

    as much as we try to giess and offer *rough estimates* they lay when they are ready to lay and there isn't much we can do to speed them up
  3. zoomia

    zoomia Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    This one is a blue birchen marans, 24 weeks. Her comb and wattles are enormous. The bf is convinced that she's a rooster. He's almost got me convinced at this point.


    This is her half sister, same age. She's 1/2 blue birchen marans and 1/2 silver laced wyandotte banty. She's a little pinker here than she has been. She's been BRIGHT red.

  4. musson

    musson In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2009
    Hillsborough NC
    I have a Brown Leghorn hen who was sexually mature (big red comb, wattles) for an entire month before she started laying. She was the last to start laying of the 3 born mid April of this year, both the RIR and BO started laying first even though she was mature at least 3 weeks before them. She has only missed 2 days since [​IMG]

  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Maybe you need to increase their protein?
    I read another post on here along simmilar lines about mature hens that wouldn't lay until their protein was increased. Eggs require a lot of protein to make.

    On the other hand, my Leghorn Houdini was pretty mature looking for a while , and she was a full month behind her 2 sisters on starting to lay. I didn't change their feed, so maybe it's just in their genes.
  6. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Songster

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    What are you feeding them?
  7. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    My buff orp was red and cackley (is that a word?) for AT LEAST a month before she started laying.

    I read on another thread someone with your breed that said theirs started laying around 27 weeks. [​IMG]

  8. zoomia

    zoomia Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    It's so good to hear that others have experienced this too! I read the threads about protein too, and don't think that's the problem. I have a mix of mature laying/mature molting/point of lay chickens. They're all on layer feed, and I've been giving them all high protein treats for a few weeks to help out the molters. They get treats like yogurt, black oil sunflower seeds, table scraps (including meat) from dinner .... I've heard that marans are late layers too, along with wyandottes. It's just frustrating because I want to see what those eggs look like! The marans came from a 7 or 8 on the marans color chart.

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