The talk!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by seahuntmike, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. seahuntmike

    seahuntmike Out Of The Brooder

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    Thinking of bringing out the big gumbo pot and giving them the talk.had these three for about a month and was told they were about 20 weeks old, no eggs yet. I know patience
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    If you want eggs, 20 weeks is way too early to bring out the gumbo pot, especiallythis time of year. If they are all Production Reds, they will probably all be laying within a month, maybe two.
     
  3. JJSS89

    JJSS89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are you feeding them?
     
  4. seahuntmike

    seahuntmike Out Of The Brooder

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    Still feeding purina start and grow, my local feed store said to feed this till they start laying then switch to layena or other brands
     
  5. seahuntmike

    seahuntmike Out Of The Brooder

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    To clarify, they were 20 weeks old when I got them which was about a month ago
     
  6. JJSS89

    JJSS89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In what part of the country do you live? Those birds look like some barnyard hens and might not lay until later when they have better weather.

    Tough to say.
     
  7. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    They do not look quite ready to give eggs yet. The combs will redden more and they will do the egg squat when they are closer to laying. Looks to me like another month or 2 tops and they should start laying.
     
  8. seahuntmike

    seahuntmike Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info. Regarding the feed should I keep doing the same thing.
     
  9. seahuntmike

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    Also, I live in south Louisiana
     
  10. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    I keep mine on starter until I see an egg. I do not want to introduce calcium into the mix until they are actually laying since it can be hard on their system.

    I have had birds that did not lay until they were a year old but they were special cases and not the norm. If I have a hen that is not laying by 30 weeks I begin to wonder and by 45 weeks I am pretty sure I got a dud hen.

    Brahma for instance are considered a slow maturing bird so I would have different expectations of them.
     

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