STILL not laying...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Warfrost, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Warfrost

    Warfrost Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok..I've had my Ameraucanas since summertime last year...and STILL not a single egg. I am not sure if this breed is slow to mature or if I'm doing something wrong, but I AM getting frustrated. They seem to be mature and happy- they get plenty of food and get to free range all day. My hubby is getting annoyed that we keep pouring food down their throats and STILL haven;t gotten a single egg. Argh! Anyone know if Ameraucanas are slower to mature?
     
  2. chickengrandma

    chickengrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ditto!

    I have a "variety-pack" of little-girl Bantams that are just about the exact age of your girls. I thought they would be laying for a good month already. Not so much!

    One of my girls JUST started laying last week at 29 weeks. The remaining girls are a bunch 'o freeloaders!

    Sorry, I didn't help you any, but I couldn't resist a "ME TOO!!!!" moment with you!
     
  3. KingSpeck

    KingSpeck Out Of The Brooder

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    From what I hear they are slow starters. My EE just started at 28 weeks but has laid an egg 4 out of five days since then. Do you know when they hatched/ how many weeks they are?
     
  4. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are you sure they're not laying in the bushes somewhere? If they're free-ranging all day they could have a nice clutch of eggs hidden somewhere.
     
  5. Warfrost

    Warfrost Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I wish we had bushes! Lol...we just have some very low ground cover. I guess I'll just have to be a bit more patient!
     
  6. Warfrost

    Warfrost Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Well, it does make me a bit cheered up to know I'm not insane! We can hang in there...since I'd be the one to send them to freezer camp, They can have all the time they need;)
     
  7. KKatknap

    KKatknap Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Ameraucanas were my first of my girls to lay - at @ 22-23 weeks. They also gave me an egg apiece nearly every day!

    However, they are the last to come off their winter break. SO...I'm thinking that soon you will have lots of pretty blue eggs. I think your biggest problem is the season. Hang in there. [​IMG]
     
  8. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have found one of my hens broody on the side of the ditch over twenty yards from her coop before. She had actually dug a hole and lined it with pine straw. Well if they are free range and laying they can find anywhere to hide their eggs. If she can fit she will go. [​IMG] Many people have said on these posts that EEs are slower than normal to mature. My EEs are only 7weeks so I really don't know. [​IMG]
     
  9. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont feel so bad now,
    I have 3 ameraucana hens and they havent
    layed a single egg, at almost 5months old .
    [​IMG]
     
  10. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Id bet money you will find a big clutch of eggs somewhere. When they free-range, they find a really inconspicuous spot to lay. I have one barred rock in my breeding pen, and didnt realize she was hopping out, going to the barn, laying an egg behind the hay, and then hopping back in the breeding pen, until I stayed home from work one day and watched chicken TV, and saw the whole episode. And found 16 eggs under the hay.
     

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