When will the others start laying????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Attila, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Attila

    Attila In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2012
    Douglas, MA
    I have 3 barred rocks, and 3 buffs that are 34 weeks old. I also have 3 silkies that are 27 weeks old.

    The 3 barred rocks, 2 of the buff's and 1 silkie are all laying eggs.

    My question is: Is this normal for the others to not have started laying yet where the others are the same age and are laying?


  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    How much daylight are you getting?
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Silkies are notorious for starting to lay when they feel like it, so for them it is not unusual. Hens do mature at different rates so it is possible for one to lay way later than her age mates of the same breed. It she has delayed starting till the days have shortened then the gap can be large.
  4. aggiemae

    aggiemae Songster

    Mar 18, 2012
    Salem Oregon
    If you need her to lay before spring you will need to provide more light preferably in the early AM.

    We have a Wellsummer, born 4/1/12 who didn't lay before the light changed this fall and I don't expect her to lay until spring since I don't supplement light.
  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    I always want to know how you all know who is laying or not. Are you going by the number of eggs a day? Are you watching all day? I would never know who is laying for sure. If you are waiting to get the an egg from every chicken in one day, you may have a long wait.

  6. Chesterchook

    Chesterchook Chirping

    I remember reading somewhere on here that you can put a bit of food coloring in the hen's vent (different color for each hen), the food coloring will mark the egg and you can tell who laid it.
  7. greengravy

    greengravy In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2012
    Something to consider when I am checking to see which hen layed which eggs is that different breeds lay different colored/sized eggs. So, this helps to narrow it down a bit, but isn't guaranteed of course.

    But, if they are all the same breed then it can be a lot harder.

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