Will They Start Laying This Time of Year?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bcmama, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. bcmama

    bcmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 BR and 2 EE that are 19 weeks old and I was wondering if they will start laying this time of year or will I have to wait until Spring to see any action? The only thing I'm finding in the nest boxes is poop :(
     
  2. ImpulsiveFarmer

    ImpulsiveFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they will if you put a light in their coop to trick them into thinking the days are longer. Just leave it on a few hours after sunset (I leave mine on until about 9 or 10pm) you don't need to leave it on all the time. If you can put it on a timer so you don't have to remember to turn it on and off.
     
  3. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on a few things. EE usually lay later and BR sooner. Lighting may help but be sure the give them 6-8 hours of dark rest every night. If they are sleeping in the nest boxes I would staple half "curtains" to the nest boxes with 3 inch slits to discourage sleeping up in them (just google image nest box curtains). You should have eggs soon. :)
     
  4. jw07475

    jw07475 New Egg

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    I hope so. I have 6 random breeds that are all between 22-25 weeks, not a single egg yet =(
     
  5. sebocat

    sebocat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they will lay if they have enough light and arent under a lot of stress.

    I have 12 little sweeties I got as 1 day old chicks on mothers day. They have been starting to lay since early October, and I get more eggs every day. I was steady at 3 a day until about a week ago, and sometimes I get 4, sometimes 6. I've got 3 Americaunas, and my very first green egg came yesterday ;) - did I mention its getting below 0 at night?

    Have patience. It will happen!
     
  6. janelle18

    janelle18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, mine were all at about laying age, added some extra light, BOOM, egg production was kick started. I have 35 hens and usually get 18-22 eggs a day. 10 of my hens are not laying because they are moulting/ haven't started yet.
    I have 4 EE's in total, and only one has started laying!!! She started early, but now I am getting impatient for the others to start!!
     
  7. bcmama

    bcmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone. Then I will wait. I had already added the extra light. I have a timer in the coop that goes on at dusk and off at around 10pm. They shouldn't be under any stress. They have a pretty nice life that includes fresh treats everyday and I clean their run every other day. I wish someone took as good of care of me :)) I shall just be patient, but I didn't know with the sun going down so early, 5:15-5:30pm if it would actually happen in the darkness of autumn or winter?

    Thanks
     

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