will they ever lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mmclaughlin, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. mmclaughlin

    mmclaughlin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2013
    New Hampshire
    Hi All
    I added 4 new chicks to my flock 31 weeks ago and only one of them(SLW) has started to lay
    with winter arriving will they just wait till spring?
    they are 2 silver laced wyandottes and 2 polish
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    It is hard to say, every bird is different. Some might start laying in a week,others might not start laying until March.
  3. mmclaughlin

    mmclaughlin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2013
    New Hampshire
    thanks... and the polish have such little vents..i just don't know whats gonna be laid from that LOL!!!
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Pullets that mature in the fall/winter tend take longer to start laying. The shortening days does slow down their rate of development. The good news is that tomorrow is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. After that, the days will start getting longer again, signaling to the birds that spring and warm weather is on the way. Laying should start as soon as the days are long enough, usually sometime in January or February.
  5. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2014
    NW Florida
    I can only speak from my experience, but I have all of the breed that you just mentioned. They were hatched in late June (26th) and ALL of them are laying. I sell my eggs, so I am collecting between 20 -25 eggs every day and I've just about identified what is coming from who. I have 32 hens/pullets and one rooster.

    Your birds could start laying anytime! Are you in an area that has very limited daylight hours? As Junebugga commented, this can really affect things. I live in NW Florida and I do provide supplemental lighting.

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