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Will they ever lay? (pics)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SF Chick, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. SF Chick

    SF Chick In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2009
    San Francisco
    I have four 24-25 week old chickens who have never laid an egg -- 1 barred rock, 1 black australorp, 1 gold-laced wyandotte and 1 buff orpington. I switched them to layer feed about 4 weeks ago, I give them veggie and sunflower seed treats, and they free range about an hour a day when I can supervise (hawk country). They have a nest box with a dirt-filled plastic egg in it. They all seem healthy and happy, and I love them, but we want eggs! Here are their pictures: do any of them look at all ready?
    Sunbathing beauties

  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I can't tell you when they are going to start laying, but, I can tell you, they are beautiful girls you have! [​IMG]
  3. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    Ceresco Nebraska
    With the days getting shorter you will probably need to install supplemental lighting in there coop. Run the lights from around 3:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  4. My wellie laid her first egg yesterday she was hatched april 8. By looking at their combs Id say a couple of weeks or so. I think the br will lay later than the other 3. Make sure they got some grit and some oyster shells. I think that hens that lay later in life has a longer egg laying life.
  5. PlymouthRocker

    PlymouthRocker Songster

    May 7, 2009
    Plymouth County MA
    My Buff Orps and Black Australorps have HUGE combs compared to yours, and they started laying 3 weeks ago. They were hatched on May 1.
  6. ella

    ella Songster

    Looking at the pics they're still on the young side, probably won't begin to lay regularly for another month at least. They look very healthy and happy. [​IMG]

    Don't worry, they will lay when they are ready. You can try to force them with light, but they'll pay for it later if you do.
  7. JanieMarie

    JanieMarie Songster

    Aug 26, 2008
    Georgetown, Minnesota
    The combs on my hens get bright red when they start to lay. Watch for that. And you could up their protein with treats or some gamebird feed. Good Luck and Patience!

  8. SF Chick

    SF Chick In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2009
    San Francisco
    Quote:That's about when my slowpokes were born.

    Catfish/okie, they do get grit and oyster shell.

    Thanks for the responses. Does it make sense that ALL of them are late layers?
  9. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    Beautiful birds! My BA was 23.5 weeks old when she first laid an egg. Her comb was a lot taller than your BA, though. So maybe a few more weeks to go?

    Are they squatting yet? Mine started squatting a couple weeks before the first egg. Also, I agree with JanieMarie that giving them more protein than just what's in the layer feed is a big nutritional plus - since they are still growing and developing their internal organs for egg laying.
  10. Chew593

    Chew593 Songster

    I have an australorp hatched April 22 that hasn't laid yet. She was attacked by a dog and survived and my husband thinks the trauma from that slowed her up. I did catch my silkie roo getting frisky with her so I have hopes that it should happen soon. [​IMG]

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