Should my chicken start laying soon

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by wyattbaggett, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. wyattbaggett

    wyattbaggett Out Of The Brooder

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    My buff Orpington is 33 weeks old and still not laying. Her waddle an comb are getting bigger and redder. She squats when I touch her. Should she start laying soon even though it's December. If so what are some other signs that may mean she is getting ready to lay.
     
  2. BCollie

    BCollie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes, hens that reach maturity in winter won't start laying until spring. I have 7 hens that are 7 months old, and only one of them started laying a few days ago. The others still don't lay. I had expected them to not start laying until spring, so I was surprised when I got an egg a few days ago.
     
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Yep, shorter days of winter can cause delayed laying in young pullets.
     

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