Where are my eggs?

DKS

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May 19, 2020
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My BO chickens are now 21 weeks old. They have been on a layer feed since they were 18 weeks old. We built the nesting boxes based on dimension and number recommendations for our size bird, added fake eggs, and allow our girls to free range for an hour each day under our strict supervision. They all appear quite happy and healthy. However, no eggs yet. Now that we are well into fall, daylight is shorter and evenings in the 30’s. So, should we not expect eggs until next spring? I have mixed feelings about using light to force winter egg production.
 

Sammi_0411

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BO normally lay bit later....plus its getting to the winter season where chickens that are laying slow down their egg production. I know how u feel im.not very patient constantly looking out for whats not there 😂 please update us when they do lay 💖
Sam x
 

DKS

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May 19, 2020
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Thanks for the great information. I will adjust my expectations accordingly. I like the idea of mixing in the grower crumble with their layer feed. I will keep you updated.

PS - I was trying to take a pic of my hen honcho with her beautiful comb and wattle when her sister decided to photo bomb her.
 

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OneHappyRooster

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Her sister especially looks like she's not ready for a full layers diet yet.
My Orpingtons usually begin laying at 7 months. I have had some closer to 9 months.

I keep them on growers for as long as possible.
 
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