Still waiting for EGGS!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dizzle's chicks, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. dizzle's chicks

    dizzle's chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2011
    Does anyone know when different breeds of chickens start laying? Currently I have 5 chickens born on June 8th and 3 chickens born on September 7th. They have been fluffing up the nesting box for a while but still no eggs. I currently have just shavings in there and thinking about adding straw as well. Anything I should try or what to look for to know when they start laying? They Free range all day but they do go in and out of the run.

    The five big girls are,

    Brown Leghorn
    Buff Orpington
    Rhode Island Red
    Barred Rock
    Golden Laced Wyanndotte

    The Three little Girls are,

    Delaware White
    Blue Wyanndotte
    Black Sex Link

  2. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    I would think that the leghorn and RIR would be laying by now. I use pine shavings in my nest boxes. Put fake eggs or golf balls in the nest to show them what they're for. Good luck!
  3. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    I put golf balls in my boxes, so they get the hint that they need to lay there. Your Leghorn and RiR should have already started laying. Have you checked around to see if they are laying else were? Your order of laying should be Leghorn, RiR, Barred rock, GLW, then your BO.
  4. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    Where are you located? If you are in the northern part of the country, you don't have enough hours of daylight for the birds to lay. So it is most likely that the pullets will not start laying until spring. The pullets were hatched fairly late in the year, and are still rather young. You can also add hours of light, by adding light in the coop. I have a light on for about 5 extra hours right now. I am in Washington State and I don't get enough hours of daylight to be able to have the hens lay year around. They need about 14 hours of daylight per day in order to lay.
  5. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    i was just going to mention that the chickens need about 14 hours of light....but justbugged just mentioned it.....are the combs really red??...that is a sign if they are laying as well...
    i also am thinking you might have to wait till next spring...but you never may get lucky!!!
  6. Mikee1948

    Mikee1948 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    I have a RIR hatched first week of July and she's not laying either. I have 3 others, a cross breed of RIR and White Rock, hatched about the same time and they are laying. Most nights I forget to put the coop light on for them, here in eastern PA.
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Keep them in the coop/run for a week. You'll be better able to determine whether they are really laying or not. Those hatched in early June might well be laying, might be out in the bushes somewhere. In my experience, young pullets need a period of training or learning to use the nest box. I wouldn't turn them loose until after 1 or 2 pm.

    First year pullets will normally begin laying even in late fall or during the winter, regardless of lighting conditions. Supplementing with a few hours of pre-dawn light is indeed helpful.

    But, chickens do NOT need 14 hours of light in order to lay. Chickens closer to the equator, Hawaii for example, never get 14 hours of light, yet they lay!!

    All my June hatcheted ISA and BR pullets are laying up a storm on just 12 hours of total supplemental/natural light.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011
  8. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    My white leghorn started laying a few days shy of her 19th week - so you should be getting eggs from yours by now. If her comb is flopped and red - she's probably laying somewhere. I second the lock them in for awhile to see if they are laying and where. I must add that my WL pullet isn't laying consistently even with 14 hours of light. I guess their bodies do what their bodies do. My DH will remind me she's not a pet shortly if she doesn't start keeping up her end of the bargain [​IMG]

    Snow White came through! Here is her egg from today sitting next to the ping pong ball I put in the nest box.

    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011
  9. ridgewood chickens

    ridgewood chickens Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 21, 2011
    Monadnock Region, NH
    I have 7 Rhode Island Reds that are slightly younger than your oldest (by about 2 weeks), and they are laying sporadically, 1-2 eggs/day total per day at this point and have been for about 2 weeks. I don't expect much egg production because they don't have supplemental light, but they are showing interest in laying and spend a great deal of time "rearranging" the nest boxes each day, which are filled with pine shavings. Good luck!!
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011
  10. dizzle's chicks

    dizzle's chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2011
    I live in Seattle WA. I have been checking at least 3 times a day. I think that's a good idea about locking them in for a while to see if they are laying.

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