When will my EE start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by purplepoen, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. purplepoen

    purplepoen Songster

    Jul 12, 2008
    I got Brita, my EE, by accident from a farmer down the road with some other chickens, RIRs and Black Austolorps. The others have started to lay already and have been for a while (3 months), but I know Brita isn't laying because her eggs will be green/blue. She 6 months old. My question is when should I start getting eggs from her? She gets oyster shell and normal chicken feed along with scraps.

    Last edited: Nov 21, 2008
  2. sunnydee

    sunnydee Songster

    Jul 17, 2008
    When....she is good and ready. After reading several posts on here about chicken laying..that is the best answer I have found. [​IMG]
  3. what was i thinking

    what was i thinking Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    cny ny
    it is my understanding that ee can sometimes lay brown eggs. maybe she is a brown egg laying ee. but those blue/green are nice to find. so you can still hope that she just hasn't laid. good luck
  4. mrandmrschicken

    mrandmrschicken Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    NW IA
    Try feeding her layer feed. It has more minerals to help them with shell production.
  5. wohneli

    wohneli Songster

    Oct 6, 2008
    If she is an EE mutt then she can lay brown or even white eggs.
  6. chickenchickenbulkbulk

    chickenchickenbulkbulk Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    My EE are 9 to 10 months old. They won't even look at the nest box. I think the cold has something to do with it now. A lot of hens stop laying in the winter. Due to temp. and light changes. Yours will eventually lay. Out of about 60 hens, I am only getting a dozen a day. That has dropped from 3 to 4 dozen a month ago. I have several breeds in my flock. The white leghorns lay everyday. I hope this has helped. They will start laying when the weather changes. Layer feed is good if the shells aren't producing well. I don't feed mine laying mash. There egg shells are very hard. I feed mine game bird mix, it has a lot of different seed etc. in it, I also mix cracked corn and cleaned rolled oats in it. I think that is a really good diet. Good Luck. I have 2 that looks like your Brita. One follows me around at feeding time. I call her Gracie. Yours will lay in time. DeeJay [​IMG]
  7. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    She looks a lot like our EE Lucy. Lucy has been playing house in the nest boxes the last few days, but as far as I can tell nothing yet. She's 25 weeks. I'm hoping she'll lay soon because the wait is driving me nuts!!

  8. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    When she wants to. She's a hen and she will lay when she's good and ready. Since EEs are mutts, their qualities vary extremely. Our EEs didn't lay until about 24 weeks, but of course that doesn't mean anything to you. Three out of four of ours lay blue/green eggs, and the other lays cream. (that's our less intellegent one.) Do you know how old this chicken is? That might help determine. Also, extreme stress, like being moved, will halt laying for a while (I like to think of it as them going on strike). Give her time, switch to layer feed, and feed oyster shells free-choice. Keep us updated!
  9. crzychickenlady

    crzychickenlady Songster

    Jan 31, 2007
    I have EE's too, with the cold moving in they completely stopped laying at all.

    Then I added a second heat lamp to the coop and they started laying again.

    They both started laying at around 6 months of age.

    I say give her some time..with the weather changing and her being somewhat new to the flock, she may just need to settle in before she starts laying.
  10. chickenchickenbulkbulk

    chickenchickenbulkbulk Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    Just wanted you to know that I got my first egg from one of my EE. It was brown!! DeeJay

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