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RSL not laying yet

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dmontgomery, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I have a mixed flock with 4 BR, 4 EE, 5 RIR, and 19 RSL. I know the EE's are putting out eggs regularly, and the BR and RIR are contributing pretty well too. We have been getting 13+ eggs a day for the past week.
    The RSL are 25 weeks old. I only see 3-4 of them with larger red combs and waddles. I thought they were supposed to be "egg laying machines". Everybody is getting flock raiser with oyster shell in a separate bowl. They all free range from sunup to sundown.
    Is there something else I need to be adding for the RSL or are they just developing slower for some reason? Even my roosters seem to notice the difference. I rarely see them mount one of the RSL girls.
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That is strange.
    Maybe you got a funky batch?
    ...OR maybe they are not RSL but RIR or NHR or some other red that matures more slowly and is affected by the lowering light.
     
  3. Lost Farmer

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    Give it time, RSL are like wind up toys, they start winding up from day of birth, and when they finally start laying....youll have more eggs than youll know what to do with. Mine didnt start laying until 30+ weeks and they only started to lay once i brought in 2 hens that were already laying. Just enjoy the calm before the storm. I had 10 RSL and when they all started to lay, it was 20 eggs a day from them alone. Also, make sure they arent laying somewhere else. Send the kids on an EGG hunt. I had two RIR that found the hay stash and well i had a dozen eggs in there from them. Patience is a virtue
     
  4. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Apparently complaining helped. We went from 13 eggs to 18 today.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    HaHA!!!... it worked again!....a no egg complaint spurs a new thread, and has results.
    Too Funny.
     
  6. tmarsh83

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    10 RSL laying 20 eggs a day?

    That's some record...
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  8. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Yeah. I had just seen this work for somebody else a week or 2 ago. I think she actually threatened freezer camp though. I didn't expect it to work for us. If we aren't getting 2 dozen a day by the end of the month, I may be back to complain again. Or down here I could threaten a big gumbo party.
     
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  10. Dmontgomery

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    So now we've been stuck on 20 a day for the past few days. But I found the secret guinea nest with 17 eggs out in the woods last week. This morning I found 5 RSL eggs in my work shop behind a bunch of plywood. Rather than run them out of the shop and lock the doors, my wife made them a nest so they will be more comfortable there. I may be getting 2 dozen a day, if I go on the egg hunt Lost Farmer suggested.
     

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