When will my Wyandottes start laying?!!

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  1. Cocos Chickens

    Cocos Chickens New Egg

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    Hi,

    I have purchased Wyandottes from Murray McMurray hatchery before and they were great egg layers. I ordered some more right at about 8 months ago from a very reputable breeder and have yet to receive any eggs. They are eating a ton, growing well and look beautiful. Can anyone give me any suggestions as to why they haven't started laying yet? I have had a heat lamp in their coop as well.

    Thanks,

    Nichole
     
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Well first [​IMG] it is great to have you join our flock [​IMG]



    It sounds like them hens are more then due at that age, do you
    have them in a coop or are they free ranging
     
  3. Cocos Chickens

    Cocos Chickens New Egg

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    They free range during the day with the ability to go into their coop at all times.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Birds often stop laying when the days are so short unless they have added hours of light from artificial sources. If you are in a very cold climate that can be another reason. You may also want to check out the sub forum regarding egg laying.
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Short days will often cause young birds to wait longer before starting laying. In addition, good quality breeder birds (as opposed to hatchery) are bred to produce individuals which are closer to the breed standard in looks, and not bred as much for strictly egg production. This means they may start laying at an older age, and may not produce as many eggs per week as hatchery birds - but are usually much better examples of their breed.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. X2 on 1muttsfan's information. Birds from breeders often don't lay as well as hatchery birds.
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Often young first time layers will not lay until the following spring due to the lack of light of winter. Many adult birds don't lay well in the winter as well. Additional light may be needed to stimulate the laying during these low lighted days. However come spring, you should be up to your ears in eggs!!

    Good luck with your new flock and may you be buried deep in eggs soon!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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