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Why no eggs?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kari P, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. Kari P

    Kari P New Egg

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    Greetings! I am new to this website today and new to chickens since June! I have 8 Black Australorps and I was told they would start laying eggs at 19-20 weeks. They are now 22 1/2 weeks and not an egg yet. They were free range but coyotes got two so mostly stay in, except for when I am outside and supervise them every few days for several hours. They are eating a layer feed, have fresh water, and a light in the coop from 5am-5pm. Am I missing anything?
     
  2. BorneHomestead

    BorneHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    with the days getting colder and shorter they will take longer to start laying.
     
  3. fosterson

    fosterson Chillin' With My Peeps

    19-20 weeks is the earliest for most breeds of chickens. It's not uncommon to wait till 24 or so weeks (6 months). It's also going into winter, so despite extra lighting, your girls may not be gearing up yet. Nothing's wrong with them, so don't panic :D

    I think Rule #1 of Chicken Keeping is Don't Panic.
    Rule #2 is Chickens do what they want to do on their on dang time. They are neither late nor early, but do it exactly when they intend to do so. Sort of like wizards.
    Rule #3 The first rule of chicken logic is there is no chicken logic ;)
     

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