When will my hens finally start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by operationindigo, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. operationindigo

    operationindigo Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens are about 5 months and 1 week old. No eggs yet. They both have pretty red combs/waddles, but no sign of laying. They don't free range (we're urban) but have a pretty sizable run. They eat purina flock raiser, and one hen is a brown leghorn and the other is a barred rock. Am I doing something wrong? We're in Jacksonville, FL - so it has not been cold here. Any ideas?
     
  2. Roojoy

    Roojoy Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think so because most breeds start laying eggs around six months and some breeds like Silkies lay eggs around 8 to even 10 months i believe.
     
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are still well within the range of normal to begin laying. I would guess that they will do so pretty soon. Are you offering them oyster shell on the side. You might want to do so since you're feeding them Flock Raiser. Either that, or switch over to layer feed.
     
  4. operationindigo

    operationindigo Out Of The Brooder

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    Should I switch before they lay? I have a bag of layer feed in the carport shed - but a lot of people have said to wait until you get the first egg. Will the oyster shell help them in the meantime?
     
  5. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can either start feeding them layer feed now or finish up the flock raiser and offer oyster shell on the side. Your choice. They're totally old enough for either at this point. [​IMG]
     
  6. emmaie892000

    emmaie892000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed mine layer feed mixed in with oyster shells so they can choose what they need. Only one is laying at the time, but they all are old enough.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Nothing in layer feed or oyster shell makes/causes/helps a hen lay eggs. All those things do is give extra calcium so when/if she IS ready to lay, the eggs have hard shells.

    Your birds are just young yet. It's the darkest days of winter and lots of young birds won't start laying until the days start getting longer.
     
  8. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I FEEL YOUR PAIN!!! I am in the same boat. Mine are 22-23 weeks old. I want my eggs! I am also in a warm climate. I wish there was a standard time they layed.
     
  9. Theda's Mom

    Theda's Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's my understanding that it's not the temperature so much as breed and light. I had a very light colored coop in NH with lots of big windows and it stayed bright inside all through the winter. My hens laid eggs like crazy all through the winter. Here in west TN, with the same general mix of hens (indeed, some of the same hens) but a darker interior in the coop, no eggs. I'm not desperate enough to leave the electric lights on. Besides, the girls could use a break, and I can't imagine that it would hurt the babies to grow up a little more (they're all 22 weeks) before they go into production. The eggs will come. Just like that proverbial pot of boiling water. :)
     
  10. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my coop is only 3 sided so light is not the issue. I check every single day for an egg.
     

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