Will these girls ever lay? Update: Green Egg and Pippa layed too!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Catalina, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    Minnesota
    I know I shouldn't, but I'm starting to get impatient.
    I want eggs or just 1 egg! 1 egg and then they can all retire.
    Butter and Honey's (Delawares) combs seem to have gotten a lot darker over night so maybe.....what do you think? Eggs in 2007 or someday [​IMG] in 2008?

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  2. Fancy Feather Poultry

    Fancy Feather Poultry Cooped Up

    May 30, 2007
    How old are they, and what breed.
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    catt - according to the redness in their face, I'd say soon. They probably won't lay a lot through this season but should pick up much better pace by spring.

    Jody
     
  4. peeps7

    peeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
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    BE PATIENT, BE PATIENT, BE PATIENT, LOL. I had the same problem with my hens before they started laying and now I'm getting TONS of eggs a day.
     
  5. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    Minnesota
    according to the redness in their face, I'd say soon. They probably won't lay a lot through this season but should pick up much better pace by spring

    Really- They're getting red enough? YAY!! EGGS!!
    They are about 18 weeks so I didn't want to get my hopes up, but now I'm totally going to obsess.​
     
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  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    I don't have delawares but my Barred Rocks didn't start laying until they were about 6 months old.
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I've had EEs start at 18-20 weeks, so its not out of the question. These girls show nice redness..the comb may grow a little more and the redness will deepen. Do they like to be handled? If so, the squat is a sure sign eggs will be coming soon. 20-26 weeks is typical depending on breed and the line they're from. Watch for them checking out the nest boxes..that's a good sign too. They'll start snooping when they're close to starting up.

    Jody
     
  8. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Wait for the egg-crouch. Then eggs are about a week away.
     
  9. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    Minnesota
    Today somebody moved the golf balls and wood shavings around in the nest box. [​IMG]
    They've always liked to be petted and held, but I haven't seen any obvious squatting.
    It's really obvious, right?
     
  10. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

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    I want eggs or just 1 egg! 1 egg and then they can all retire.

    You sure about that? I could never stop at just one-ya need more so you can put them in an incubator...​
     

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