when to expect eggs?

sydney13

Songster
Mar 11, 2010
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Massachusetts
the other day my 5 month old ee started siting down a lot like she was getting ready to build a nest. when i went up to her she doesn't immediately run off like usual. is this nesting a sign of eggs coming and if so how long before she lays?
 
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Rachel'sFlock

Songster
9 Years
May 21, 2010
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Otis, Oregon ~ Chicken People Since 5/10
Don't know about your breeds, but mine didn't give a fig for the nest boxes until the day before they began to lay.
So, hopefully, same goes for your girls!
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Brightest Blessings
 

joconnor

Hatching
9 Years
May 28, 2010
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I have 10 chickens (6 araucanas or americanas and 4 gold-laced wyandottes) which are all the same age, new back in May. I've been getting a green egg or two and a brown egg, averaging two eggs a day for the last week.

I feed sprouted grains (oats, barley, sunflower, millet), layer pellets, and quail eggs with shells ground up in them daily.

When can I expect the rest of my flock to step up to the plate? 2 eggs a day out of 10 hens seems pretty weak. Is there something else I should be doing?

It is starting to get cool, but I have them on light for 15 hours a day. They spend a lot of time under the coop, though, could that be decreasing their "daylight" hours enough to hurt production?


Thanks,
Jim
 

Egghead_Jr

Crowing
10 Years
Oct 16, 2010
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NEK, VT
I've a few that are 22 weeks now. The Barred Rock and Black Star have been squating for days. Pot Pie (the BR) puts her butt in the air as you pet her in this squat position and wow! You should see the size and redness of her vent.

Checking the bushes three times a day now as the nest boxes are empty excepting the plastic egg. Eggwatch 2010 has begun.
 
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The Tinman

Songster
11 Years
Jun 10, 2010
501
10
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Fairfield County CT
I have 16 JG, 6 have started to lay so every morning I go out and give a little pep talk to the rest of them. I remind them that they have to start laying eggs soon. "It is the cold and flu season!" (Time for chicken soup)
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Dixiedoodle

Songster
12 Years
Apr 14, 2007
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Squatting is a one of the signs of maturity. Red combs and wattles (REALLY red) is another.. My EE were 30 and 32 weeks old when they started to lay.
 

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