She sure fooled me! A freeloader for almost 44 weeks FINALLY lays an egg.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by debid, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I have two Welsummer pullets (not much longer until they're hens!) and one of them was acting strangely loud and irritable this morning. When I went to check for eggs, she was in a box so I left her alone. Shortly after, there was a very loud and lengthy egg song so I went and looked and sure enough, she'd laid her egg. Only it didn't look like the all of the other Wellie eggs I've been getting. The others have all been dark w/lots of speckles -- this one was dark but completely devoid of speckles. It's almost the same size (57 grams) but a different shape. And then it hit me.... she was acting weird because it's her first egg. For crying out loud, she was hatched April 2nd! This also means that the other girl has been laying all of the Wellie eggs. I thought they were taking turns and both were pretty much every other day layers over the winter but now I know it was all the one girl. In hindsight, that does explain how they never happened to lay on the same day.
  2. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    Jesus. She waited forever. She had a free ride for almost a year.
  3. Spring Chook

    Spring Chook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2009
    i've got a black copper marans pullet who hasnt laid yet and she is about 10 months old. She's the runt of the flock.
  4. ParadiseChickens

    ParadiseChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2011
    I have 2 RIR pullets that are now 10 months old that have just begun laying in the last 2 weeks. I had given up on them.
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    One of my wellie pullets (out of 5) has yet to lay her first egg. I had a stern discussion with her the other day, no luck yet.
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I hatched wellies last year on 3/9 - still have yet to get an egg out of one of them. She looked ready in the fall, but then went into molt. They'd better start up soon, I have a waiting list for hatching eggs!
  7. hippiehen

    hippiehen wastefully exuberant

    Aug 27, 2008
    Utopia, Texas
    My wellies took nearly 10 months too! They had their first molt this winter and now their eggs are HUGE and very dark/speckled so I finally forgave them for freeloading for so long.
  8. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Well, I was wrong about it being her first egg -- it was her second (one of the kids found one in the run shortly after I posted and it was definitely hers). Still... [​IMG] I'm glad she figured out the nest box thing. I know she hasn't been laying in the run other than the one because I just put fresh leaves in and it would have been obvious before I did that.
  9. baGAWK123

    baGAWK123 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 11, 2012
    Oh no! Hope I don't have to wait this long. I have a banty Welsummer who is 28 weeks old! She needs to start paying rent! :) Are welsummers typically late bloomers?
  10. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    Wellies are sloooooow. And they're poor winter layers to boot.

    But it's all worth it if you get nice dark eggs :) I keep a couple real monsters to fill the cartons (Sex links, Wyandottes, Rocks), and the Wellies and the EE are for cool eggs.

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