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Will laying be postponed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Patoot, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2010
    I have 4 RIR. They aren't laying yet. No biggie. I'm in no rush. I don't really know their age except that the rancher I got them from said they should be laying by the end of September. Well, that came and went and to be honest, two don't look like they are even close to laying. One does, but she's small. Another may be close, but still has just a little comb. Anyway, that's not my question.

    My question is if they are young and not laying yet, will they tend not to lay since we're going into winter? I live in NM so our winters are quite mild, but we do get cold nights. It's still in the 50's at night though now.

    Just wondering what to expect.


  2. doubleostud

    doubleostud Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2008
    Stillwater, Oklahoma
    In my experience with RIR they will drastically slow down in the winter but I have had a few hens that laid their first egg in the winter so it may or may not happen. Good luck.
  3. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    I suspect they'll start laying at any time--winter won't delay them but once it gets cold they may slow down. When they're ready they'll lay. I had a mixed group of Comets, SS, RIR and a WR, all hatched in April--one RIR was the last to start laying.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2010
  4. prancie

    prancie Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2009
    winter won't postpone laying.
  5. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2010
    Will help if there is a way to give them a couple extra hours of light this time of year.
  6. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2010
    Well, hopefully they will start laying in the next couple months. I would hate to have to wait until spring for anything. I guess we shall see. Thanks.

  7. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    Honestly don't have experience with RIR. But I would think it's any day now. Fortunately chickens don't have calendars, so it really comes down to the length of daylight and how cold it really is. Some say use artificial lighting to get 14 hours. Maybe adding a little in the morning and a little in the evening. I would not recommend all day (24 hour) lighting. I would think with your temps you should get some eggs year around, although production would slow down.

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