Wheaten Marans and Egg Laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pfmoore17, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. pfmoore17

    pfmoore17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I am new to the forum.
    I have 8 Wheaten Marans Hens, born last July 17. They have not laid any eggs yet and I don't expect them to at this point since it is so cold here in Connecticut. Based on others experience, when can I expect to see some egg action? What can I do to "entice" them. They have "heated water" and a well enclosed house, but no heat. Thanks.
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Does the house get light? Light is necessary for egg production. I know it's hard to wait (especially when you are coming up on 6 months), but they will lay when they are ready. You can try to give them some higher protein, maybe that will help.

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  3. pfmoore17

    pfmoore17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cleaned their cage today, first warm day in weeks and there was a nice chocolate brown egg. The hens were checking it out and seem were as surprised as me!
     
  4. ISSOLA

    ISSOLA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hehe...just when you were asking..... it always happens when your patience is at its brink....[​IMG]
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Congrats! [​IMG]
     
  6. pfmoore17

    pfmoore17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Found a second one this afternoon!
    Now I got to teach them to lay in the nest!
     
  7. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

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    [​IMG] and congrats on your first eggs! [​IMG]
    When mine first started laying I didn't have a nest box yet. I found two on the ground and got the nest boxes the next day and stuck a golf ball in it, and now they lay in the nest. It was like magic hahahaha
     

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