Why aren't my White Leghorns laying yet?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ch1ckenL0ver0707, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Ch1ckenL0ver0707

    Ch1ckenL0ver0707 Just Hatched

    Jun 19, 2017
    I have 4 White Leghorns and they are all each 5-6 months old but they are not laying yet. I read on here that they start laying around 4 months. Am I doing something wrong? They always have a food and water, they roam outside of their run, they get scratch grains and crickets. I only put them in their run when they are about to roost. I also have 19 other chickens. Is that the problem? I would gladly like to know. Thank-you!
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    What do your combs look like? Are they squatting for you?

    I always just about give up hope, and they start...about a month after there combs turn red.
  3. Ch1ckenL0ver0707

    Ch1ckenL0ver0707 Just Hatched

    Jun 19, 2017
    Their combs are starting to turn red and they are laying in the nesting boxes a lot. I guess this means they are starting to get ready, Thank-you so much for the help!
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 25, 2012
    Pullets usually start laying at 18 to 22 weeks of age. When your birds near laying age their faces will plump up, and turn a bright strawberry red. In fact the flesh on her face will have little bumps much like a ripe strawberry does.

    Lose the scratch feed and reserve it for getting your birds back into their coop or run. Instead feed a good quality laying pellet.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2017
  5. Ch1ckenL0ver0707

    Ch1ckenL0ver0707 Just Hatched

    Jun 19, 2017
    Thank-you so much! I never noticed that their faces pumped up and their faces get really red. Now that I notice that, I realize that some of my other chickens are about to lay. Thank-you for letting my know!
  6. Sublight

    Sublight Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2016
    My chickens didn't start laying until they were 6 months old. My suggestion, make sure they are eating laying pellets, or you are giving enough calcium. We used to bake the old egg shells, and crush them and then put that back in their food.
    Otherwise mother nature will handle it for you. They will lay when ready.

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