Will my chicks lay.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wallsden, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. wallsden

    wallsden Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 EE that are 22 weeks old no eggs yet red face but comb not plump. Will they lay this season?
     
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    wallsden Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are the correct pics...


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  3. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an EE that layed her first egg in January, and it was a very cold winter. Your girls don't look like they are ready yet.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Couple of them look pretty red....hard to say tho.

    Signs of onset of lay---I've found the pelvic points to be the most accurate.
    Squatting:
    If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.
    This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.

    Combs and Wattles:
    Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.
    Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.
    Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!

    2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
     
  5. ChicksAre4Kids

    ChicksAre4Kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up."

    VERY nice to know this! Thank You!
     

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