This first egg wait is killing me!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 3chickchicks, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. 3chickchicks

    3chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    24 weeks old (dominique) and still has a pink face and undeveloped comb. I have two wyandottes one week behind her and then I have a buff brahma who is also 24 weeks old so I won't get antsy with her until she's 7-8 months old.
    I'm getting so jealous of people who have hens that start laying when they're 17 weeks old.
    When will these little piggies start earning their keep! [​IMG]
    She's 24 weeks old [​IMG]
    She's 23 weeks [​IMG] She's 24 weeks [​IMG]
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I'll bet the birds that started at 17 weeks didn't do so in October without added light.

    If you add a light to your coop on a timer that will add 3 or 4 hours to the day and their nutrition is appropriate, they'll all kick in about 2 or 3 weeks later.
     
  3. 3chickchicks

    3chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was under the impression that it didn't matter on their first year of laying?
     
  4. 3chickchicks

    3chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just added pictures to the original post.
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Most pullets in their first year will lay well right through the seasons. BUT, increasing day length still kick starts them.
    Commercial operations start pullets year round because they can't have a lull in production. They keep them on low light till about 16 weeks, incrementally increase it for the next couple weeks and whamo eggs start flowing. Those birds never see sunlight.
     
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  6. Coralietg

    Coralietg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe she's just a late layer. Your Dominique looks very similar to my Cuckoo Maran, also 24 weeks and not laying. I have 19 laying ladies, but I'm very anxious for a dark brown egg so I'm antsy, lol.
     

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