Who else is waiting for that first egg?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kylea0219, May 19, 2015.

  1. RhodeyGal2012

    RhodeyGal2012 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 13, 2015
    Rhode Island
    Okay, so what are the signs we should watch for that will let us know the ladies are getting ready to lay eggs. Also, does egg-laying hurt them??? In reading about the process, it would seem that it would be painful. I'm still amazed with the whole egg-making process. Wow!
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    If it is painful, it's not like they have a lot of choice in the matter. Those eggs need to come out, whether they like it or not. There's nothing that can be done to stop it from happening. Kind of like having a baby, you can't keep it in the womb forever.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2015
  3. RhodeyGal2012

    RhodeyGal2012 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 13, 2015
    Rhode Island
    Ugh...I feel sorry for them! But...I guess that's what God intended. I do like eggs...[​IMG]
  4. mechanic57

    mechanic57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2014
    It looks like it would be a mild discomfort, but I don't think its painful. That's just total conjecture though.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2015
  5. OldMissionChick

    OldMissionChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2015
    Northern Michigan
    Our Isa was the first one to lay at just over 17 weeks
  6. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    Kalispell MT
    19 weeks 5 days

    My white Leghorn Pearl laid her first egg today. Thank goodness. Ordered the chicks early just so they'd be laying when grandson is here visiting. He has been here 3 weeks and leaves on Saturday. I think he'll be having french toast for breakfast.
  7. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Flock Master

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    2 days ago I got an egg from the EE. Sadly it was broken and in the run. I found it at closing time and it was already getting pretty dark. I think it was blue. Could have been a green one still.
    The silly Delaware AKA my egg eater stole the shell as I was walking through her side of the run. She had it gone so fast I did not even get a little piece of the shell to see what color it was in the light.
    I am hoping for a second egg from her soon. There are 2 others that are squatting out of the newer chickens too. Both of them are Partridge rocks age is 19 weeks as of this coming Friday.

    I have to toss up a pic of the EE since I think she is oddly colored and quite pretty.
    This is Victoria she is also 19 weeks on Friday.
  8. animalgrl

    animalgrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2015
    Got my first egg today! So excited! A lovely small, very hard shelled lightly blueish tinted egg. So excited! Now I just need to figure out if it came from my Cream Legbar or my Easter Egger. I hope it came from the CL since she is nearly 8 months and she hasn't laid yet, but I have a feeling the EE (she's only 5 months old) left it for me because she has been squatting like crazy the last 2 weeks every time I reach toward her. And her comb has gotten really red.
  9. glasschick

    glasschick New Egg

    Apr 6, 2015
    Congratulations! I just got my first egg today also, a small beautifully shaped brown egg from one of my twelve Black Sexlinks. I am really excited. The girls are only four and a half months old. What fun!!
  10. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    Kalispell MT
    As with the first batch of pullets I got years ago, none of my girls are squatting. Even Pearl doesn't squat and she laid today. I have 2 more that will probably lay within a week.

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