signs of laying.....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by savingpurple, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. savingpurple

    savingpurple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been reading alot on here as I am new to chickens. My NHR are getting very red combs, and wattles. Now my leghorns are not, but have read that they usually are an early layer over other breeds? My ladies are about 13 weeks.

    What I am asking is, I read that when you see the combs and wattles turn red, they are getting close to the laying age? But the leghorns are not red at all, and they are suppose to be early layers? So confused?

    I know I just need to wait, but should I switch feed to layer at this point? I am almost out of starter/grower. Need another bag real soon, within the next day or two.

    Any help would be appreciated:) Oh and I have 5 NHR, and 2 leghorns. Not all the NHR are turning red, just 3 of the 5? Thanks:)
     
  2. madmantrapper

    madmantrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would go ahead and switch, the extra calcium is not going to hurt them any. You should switch a couple of three weeks before they start laying anyway or toss the eggs. I am switching this week also, I think they are almost fifteen weeks.
     
  3. gordonburrito

    gordonburrito Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think my earliest layers were 18-19 weeks when they started laying. Our Barred rocked "reddened" up and then did nothing for weeks. I think she took the longest to start laying of the non Easter Eggers. Whereas my Black Sexlink seemed to redden up over night and they started laying. Look for squatting, becoming interested in the nest boxes, and cackling. Once I saw those behaviors eggs came within a couple of days.
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    You still have at least 4-5 more weeks to go.

    Signs a pullet is getting close to point of lay:

    Really red comb, wattles and face (around the eyes)
    Squatting - when you reach for them they crouch down and their wings go out a bit
    Practicing in the nestboxes
    Most of my girls got VERY vocal when they got really close to laying

    You can switch them or you can buy another bag of grower and continue using it even when they begin laying. It's up to you. Offer oyster shell on the side free choice. (sour cream or big yogurt containers are great for this - nail it to the wall at their level)
     
  5. madmantrapper

    madmantrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I should have mentioned toss if using medicated feed.
     
  6. savingpurple

    savingpurple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks [​IMG] I will buy the oyster shell and layer feed today at work. Knew I was almost out of feed,and sure enough as I went to feed them today, I am out. What they have will last today and tomorrow.

    Wil try to post a picture of the really red comb and much bigger wattles then the others....so cute.
     
  7. savingpurple

    savingpurple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are my 2 NHR that got read almost overnight a few days ago, and caused me to ask the laying of egg question.

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    Here is the last one that is really red all of a sudden.

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    The wattles got really big and dark red, and the comb grew and turned read also!
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:2nd one is the closest. You're going to have eggs soon!
     
  9. savingpurple

    savingpurple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My co worker got the same breed of chicks as I did,the same time I did, and she told me hers are laying the last 2 days!! I am so excited !!
     
  10. mrsfig

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    My 6 reds will be 14 wks tomorrow. Saturday I found one small egg, in a nest box, yesterday another. I was shocked by how early, was not expecting them! They all have thier own boxes, and are on grower/ layer feed. Should I be doing something else for them since its happening so soon? I should mention I have a handicapped girl who is on the smaller size 2.2 lbs, who I am hoping won't lay this soon! The others are 2.6- 2.10, They are all sisters. Any suggestions? I have noticed redness in wattles and combs, cheeks. Wasn't aware of that sign [​IMG]
     

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