Red combs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by newchick1358, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. newchick1358

    newchick1358 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2015
    I understand red combs a sign they that my Pullets will lay soon. Any one have an idea how long soon might be.

    I put fake eggs in the nesting boxes and they keep kicking them out. They end up in one corner of the coop? I also saw one pecking at the fake eggs should I be concerned about egg eating?

    My girls are about 24 weeks old I have three BO and one Sussex. thank you for your help.
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Any time now.....good luck! [​IMG]
  3. AJ83

    AJ83 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 28, 2015
    Here is a photo of my BO at 23 weeks

    Here she is now at 25 1/2 weeks (not laying yet)

    I think it varies from chicken to chicken on when they will lay.

    Here is a photo of my BA at 24 weeks.

    Here she is at 28 1/2 weeks on the right (not laying yet, but has started to squat)
  4. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    Kalispell MT
    My Buff Orpington doesn't look anything like yours at 25 1/2 weeks. She's 31 weeks old today and is between the two pictures you have. With winter fast approaching I wonder if she just will hold off until Spring.
  5. newchick1358

    newchick1358 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2015
    My girls faces are just as red but their combs are much smaller.

    Dose the size matte or is it just the color?

    Any one have a comment about them kicking the fake eggs out of the nest?
  6. Flaisure

    Flaisure Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2015
    Eugene Oregon
    21 weeks next Monday ( not laying yet )
  7. Flaisure

    Flaisure Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2015
    Eugene Oregon
    Another one 21 weeks next Monday ( not laying yet )

  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop

    The fact that they are kicking the eggs out means they are checking out the nests, and that's a sign they may be near to laying.

    If the fake eggs are too lightweight (hollow plastic easter eggs can be filled with sand) or the front of nest is too low (should be about 3-4"),
    then yes, stuff will get kicked out of nest. They also will not scratch around quite as much after they've been laying for a few weeks,
    even if fakes are heavy and fronts are high stuff can still get kicked out at first.

    The pecking at the eggs is probably just curiosity.

    New layers can be quite goofy acting, they don't know what they are doing at first and can be confused and anxious, it can take up to a month or so before they get it all figured out. Putting some fake eggs or golf balls in the nest might help show them where to lay. They may scratch around in the nests for weeks before laying, spreading the bedding everywhere.They will scratch around a bit less in nest as they get used to the routine. Meanwhile, eggs everywhere, some of them can be rather funky looking, soft or thin shelled, huge double yolked eggs.

    Signs of onset of lay---I've found the pelvic points to be the most accurate.
    If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.
    This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.

    Combs and Wattles:
    Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.
    Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.
    Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!

    2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying
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