When do golden comets or red stars start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alexa009, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. alexa009

    alexa009 Overrun With Chickens

    I was wondering when golden comets start laying eggs? Mine is 9 weeks and I am wondering if she should start laying eggs soon. Maybe a few months?
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    About 22 + weeks.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Average point of lay for most breeds is 18-26 weeks.
    Sometimes sexlink birds like you have will start as early as 16 weeks.


    New layers can be quite goofy acting, they don't know what they are doing at first and can be confused and anxious, it can take up to a month or so before they get it all figured out. Putting some fake eggs or golf balls in the nest might help show them where to lay. They may scratch around in the nests for weeks before laying, spreading the bedding everywhere. They will scratch around a bit less in nest as they get used to the routine. Meanwhile, eggs everywhere, some of them can be rather funky looking, soft or thin shelled, huge double yolked eggs.

    Signs of onset of lay---I've found the pelvic points to be the most accurate.
    Squatting:
    If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.
    Tho not all birds will do this, especially if there's a cockbird in the flock.
    This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.

    Combs and Wattles:
    Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.
    Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.
    Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!

    Vent Appearance:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying.

    Pelvic Points, feel for the 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
    (Spacing is relative with chickens size and humans finger size.)
     
  4. alexa009

    alexa009 Overrun With Chickens

    Thanks so much for the information!
     

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