So... I got my first egg! Now what?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crittersitter, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. crittersitter

    crittersitter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My SLW, one day shy of 20 weeks laid her first egg 48 hours ago. When should I expect her next egg? I know its around 25 hours between laying. Seeing as how she is still on the young side should I expect an egg daily from now on? Or should I be concerned that 48 hours has gone by without another egg? BTW-it was a perfect egg!!
    Thanks!
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  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    It'll be kind of random at first, then her cycle will kick in and she might lay an egg every day, skipping a day once in a while. Some breeds lay an egg every other day.

    Isn't it fun to find that first egg?! Congrats!
     
  3. crittersitter

    crittersitter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!! It was very exciting to find her in the nesting box with a surprise. And thanks for the helpful info [​IMG]
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Oh you are welcome....non chicken people just don't understand the excitement of that first egg! LOL! Gotta share it with somebody who can relate! haha:lol:
     
  5. crittersitter

    crittersitter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wooHoo!! Just got my second and it's small and cute!
     
  6. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You do you know when to start looking for the eggs?
     
  7. crittersitter

    crittersitter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You mean how did I know when to start looking???

    She was really lovey dovey and following me all over. We decided to give her some golfballs to get her in the mindframe of laying.Then she dissapeared and I panicked. Hubby went to the coop and she was hanging out in the nesting box on the golfballs. I shoo'ed her away and came back in an hour and there was an egg!

    she has also started squatting alot and i heard the infamous" bok bok bakawww". Funny though, that came from my other two girls. My egglayer was the silent one. Hopefully they will all be laying soon! Her comb and waddles also became very red.

    i am so proud of her and I guess I got lucky because she is on the young side to start laying.

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  8. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I mean should I keep an eye out for any warning signs from my girls? or do I just check every day after about 16 weeks? Basically will I be able to tell when they're ready to lay
     
  9. crittersitter

    crittersitter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty sure I saw warning signs from my girl (but maybe I'm chicken crazy)and it was every description that i read on BYC. She started squatting when I would approach, combs and wattles turning a deep red. I don't know why she all of the sudden "fell in love" with me, and hubby and the neighbor...haha but I'd like to think she was saying, "mama you have been so good to me...come see my presents for you."

    She definatley started acting different. She was at the top of the pecking order and then the other two girls started ignoring her and 'teamed up" together. The day I got my egg the other two started "bok bokking" and I thought they were going to lay. Boy was I wrong....they were singing the eggsong for their sister!
    It has been so exciting and FINALLY my hubby has taken interest in the girls. He checks the box 3 times a day now!

    Best Wishes to you!!
     
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  10. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Isn't it funny how sometimes it's everyone else who sings the eggsong? The only one not singing is the one doing all the work.[​IMG]
     

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