When do speckled sussex start laying?

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  1. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 speckled sussex (one I think is a roo). I got them as day old chicks in June. When do they start to lay? [​IMG]
    I'm feeding Layena right now.
     
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    The real answer is when they are physically mature to lay. There are generalities but each chicken is different. I have Ameraucana pullets that didn't start laying until they were eight months old. Some of them are heading into their ninth month and still are not laying. I have a SLW that just started laying at around six months. The other SLW and GLW are not laying yet. I know it is hard to wait but from what I have read on here the older they are before they start laying the less chance they will have reproductive problems like internal laying. I am glad that mine are taking longer to lay even if it means that I had to buy store bought eggs for the deviled eggs today. [​IMG] Just keep an eye out for the typical signs that the are getting ready. If one of yours is a roo he will try to mate with them when they are getting close. Their combs and wattles will get bigger and redder. Their faces will get redder. They will start checking out the nest boxes. They might start singing the egg song or squatting for you (none of mine have ever done this but many do). Just have to be patient. [​IMG]
     
  3. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ummm...what's the "egg song"? Is that the bwarrrrk buck buck? Or something else?
     
  4. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definately watch the "roo" His interest in the girls will increase as they get closer. More so watch the color of the waddles and comb - bright bright red is closer to lay and then there is the egg song. My roos sing too. I have a bunch of new pullets so close to laying eggs but I have to wait. I have found some odd eggs in wierd places in the run so I suspect some are laying but with the lack of light right now and molting of my good layers....It will happen in due time and then think of the fun you will have posting your first egg pics and eating your first egg.....Mine was about the size of a bantam egg and now Addidas lays huge eggs.
    Caroline
     
  5. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    dumb_cluck the egg song is a lot longer than the typical chatter that the chickens do. It is hard to describe since I do not have any that sing it. Here is a link to a good example of the egg song: Actually after listening to it I think I have heard one of my chickens sing it once and I don't even think it was one of the pullets laying [​IMG] Silly chickens, you just never know what they will do [​IMG]
     
  6. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG! [​IMG] That's what I am going to hear? Guess I'll have to turn down the audio on the monitor........ [​IMG]
     
  7. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    You might or might not. Like I said, some of them don't sing it or squat but you will recognize it if you do hear it. [​IMG] If you do start hearing them do the egg song, they should start laying within a week or two or so I have read on many threads. The more I read on here the more I realize that there are generalizations but each pullet is different. My SLW's and GLW have had really red faces, large combs and wattles for a while (like over a month) but only one is laying. Two of my Ameraucana's are laying but I only know one of them for sure since I accidently opened the nest box cover when she was in there laying. I have no idea who is the second one laying since there are at least two others with the same comb development. The only reason I know two of them are laying is because we have gotten two different colored green eggs in a day. I just love watching them and trying to figure out who is laying and who is not. Each bird has their own "personality" [​IMG]
     
  8. Peep lePleaser

    Peep lePleaser Out Of The Brooder

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    I always recognize the egg song because it sounds like theyre announcing to the flock and God and everybody "Hey Im gonna go lay an egg now!" Unlike the idle chatter they do the rest of the time. Two of my roos also sing it. I think theyre saying "Hey lady it's time for you to get up here and lay me an egg!" because its usually the roos "main squeeze" that comes running to the nest box to lay. LOL
     

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