What Signs Do I Look for to Signal Start of Egg Laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sfmac, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. sfmac

    sfmac In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2008
    My barred rocks were hatched early June and the Rhode Island Reds in early July. So I should start to be watching for egg laying from the barred rocks around the beginning of October and from the reds the beginning of November, no?

    Are there signs/behaviors that can tip me off?
  2. jossanne

    jossanne Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    My two barred rocks hatched March 29, and we just started getting eggs from the first one three weeks ago at 20 weeks. The second one just started laying at 23 weeks. Their combs and waddles brighten up quite a bit and grow some. They start showing interest in the nesting box, and exploring it occasionally.

    I would think you might be a month early in expecting eggs, though you may have a couple of early layers.
  3. holliewould

    holliewould Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Planet Earth
    My RIR's were hatched march 15th and only one of them laid her first egg yesterday. So 5 1/2 months old for mine and still waiting on the other.


    May 28, 2008
    My BR's were hatched early May and they are showing signs. They squat everytime you put your hand out to pet them.
  5. JSC

    JSC In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2008
    Union, Mo.
    Right before ours started laying,their appetite seemed to really increase. We have 15 girls and we are getting 9 eggs one day and 6 the next so we are figuring they are laying every other day. All fifteen were born the last week of Feb.
  6. setter4

    setter4 Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Central Pennsylvania
    Quote:Yep, squatting and flaring wings when you pet them and their combs and wattles got BRIGHT red.
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Their vents will turn pink and moist. right now if you look they'll likely be pale yellow-ish, dry, and puckered. That's how my girls' vents look, anyway. They were all hatched in the end of May, so I'm hoping for eggs starting sometime in October.

    Remember that winter light levels will reduce laying. If you want a regular supply of eggs over the winter months you'll need to supply extra light. There are a lot of "to light or not to light" discussions and I'm sure that those debates will flare up again in the coming month as daylight shortens and laying tapers off.

    We put a clear roof on the coop and plan not to light the coop.
  8. sfmac

    sfmac In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2008

    So if it would normally be another month or two anyway and light levels are dropping (I don't plan to provide artificial light), it may be even into mid winter when light levels start increasing again.
  9. jossanne

    jossanne Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Quote:Where do you live? I'm in southern NM, and it stays light longer here than a lot of the country during the winter days. My hens lay quite a bit during the winter, and we've never given supplemental light.
  10. sfmac

    sfmac In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2008
    I live in New Hampshire. By late December it is full dark before 6pm. By late June, however, it is still quite light until just after 9pm.

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