The wait!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NatureLove11, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. NatureLove11

    NatureLove11 Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens are all 15 weeks and are red and black sexlinks and white leghorns. Im very impatiently waiting for this first egg [​IMG]. Ive often heard they start to squat before they lay so is that the only thing that will tell me they are about to or are there other ways? As you can see im pretty new to this so dont judge me [​IMG]
     
  2. bonder

    bonder Out Of The Brooder

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    You don't say where you're from but one thing to consider when hoping chickens will lay this year is the amount of light they get per day. They need about 14-16 hours.
    They will get red combs and wattles when they get close to laying. Look for those first before the squatting (I think).
    Somehow you can feel their vent (their bottoms) and feel if they are close. I have never done this so if you're interested, look it up on here.

    Make sure when they do lay (or get ready) to either switch to layer feed or offer calcium (or both).

    I think 15 weeks is probably a little young but if the lighting is right, you could probably expect eggs in a couple weeks. BUT every chicken matures at a different rate so you just have to be patient.

    It seems like the magic way to get a chicken to lay is to post a "when will my chickens lay?" topic. Every time I read one, the original poster posts in a few days with pictures of the eggs.

    Good luck!!!

    OH- You can also use the search bar at the top right of the page to find out more about egg laying readiness signs.
     
  3. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    you have good breeds for egg production. I have black sex linked birds and they are great layers! Yours are pretty close; I'd say about 2-4 weeks. Bonder is right, the wattles and comb will become bright red soon indicating maturity. The ration is more flexible, so read a lot about nutrition here or your library. Layer ration is ok but starter feed is ok as well. If you don't use layer feed add in oyster shell (crushed) to their diet. Well fed and watered birds will reward you handsomely with a lotta eggs!! Good luck and...[​IMG]
     

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