When will our girls start laying some eggs???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 77horses, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
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    Our pullets are about....16 or 17 months old? I'm pretty close, since we got them in around July or June, 2007. They are a little over a year that means.
    Our girls are pretty large! :eek: There are 4 total(plus two other hens who are laying that we bought from someone) But the pullet breeds are: 2 buff orps, and 2 red stars. They are all hens, pretty sure. Fluffing out nicely and voices have changed(one still makes peep-like noises though LOL)
    So my question is, When should they start laying some eggs??? [​IMG] And when should they be old enough to go broody?
    Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    If they're that old they should have been laying for many months already.
     
  3. RoyalHillsLLC

    RoyalHillsLLC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely. Something's not right. Are you sure they are hens? Are you feeding them laying rations?
     
  4. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
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    Quote:mm....strange. [​IMG] Why aren't they laying already??? [​IMG]
    REMINDER: THEY ARE BUFF ORPS AND RED STARS!!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Yes....those breeds should have been laying for a long time already. Most breeds start before or by 6 months old. Are you sure they're hens and not roosters?
     
  6. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is an odd duck [​IMG]
    The majority of hens will lay between five to six months.
    Can you give us a few up to date photographs of your girls? And most importantly ~ have you heard any kind of noise that resembles a crow??
    Just a thought ~ when you received your chickens, were they smaller and grew under your care? If they were full grown when you received them, I would have to say the chickens are past laying age.

    Sorry about this predicament! [​IMG] How lousy to be waiting and waiting and waiting...

    Carla
     
  7. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Another thought ~ could those silly girls be laying their eggs in a hidden nest somewhere? They will do that even with a beautifully built nest at their disposal.
    If the hens are free range at any time, then I'd begin hunting. [​IMG]

    Carla
     
  8. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:They should of started laying at 5 to 6 MONTHS .... Do you have them ALL on laying pellets ? Do they have combs and wattles ? LONG OVER DUE FOR THEM TO BE LAYING .... LAYING PELLETS A MUST HAVE
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2008
  9. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Quote:I agree, are they hiding the eggs from you?
     
  10. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
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    We bought them when they were 1 day old. They are not really free-ranged, and they either stay in the coop(which is in the garage) or out in the small run. mostly in the coop though. The person we bought them from said they were hens(they said they weren't certain, but were pretty sure, and they showed my dad how to tell the dif.) They don't make crowing sounds, just hen sounds, like our two other adult red star hens who are laying.

    Here's a pic of Cinnamon, not very resent. My most resent pics are on my phone, and I can't get them onto the computer! [​IMG]

    Here's Cinnamon, one of the largest of them all:
    [​IMG]


    And here she is again (younger) in the coop in the garage:

    [​IMG]
     

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