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why haven't my pullets stared laying yet?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickabator, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    ky
    they are 24 week old br. combs are very bright red and have been for a while now still no eggs what is going on?
     
  2. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    Are they squatting? What kind are they? Heavy breeds?
     
  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Maybe give it a little more time, sometimes they wait for a little better weather.
     
  4. Berynn

    Berynn Cooped Up

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    What kind of food do they eat? They need layer food.
     
  5. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    ky
    they are Barred rocks and we have been having beautiful weather here it has been in the 70's here
    they get layer pelets we also give them table scraps in the evening sometimes.
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2008
  6. TaconChicks

    TaconChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine were in the 24 - 26 week range before they started laying. The waiting was so painful, but I had nests with golf balls in them and once they started laying, they all did within a couple weeks.

    Check for the squatting. (When you get close to them, they squat instead of run.) This is an indicator that they are laying or soon will be.

    Also check the food postings on this site. I recall seeing that some human food slows down laying. (My chickens love oranges, but it they lay less when they have them.)
     
  7. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    ky
    my pullets are squatting!!!! we moved them today to another lot and when DH went to pick one of them up she squatted!! I might have eggs before too long now!!!
     
  8. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    Hope, you get eggs soon.
     
  9. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Putting a light in my coop to increase their "daylight" hours to 14-15 hours a day did the trick with my hens. I had eggs within 4 days of doing that. And it doesn't need to be a bright light, I just use a little 40-watt bulb. [​IMG]
     
  10. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they free range? They may be laying already and you just haven't found their hiding places.
     

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