Will they start soon? Silkies laying...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by possumhunter, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. possumhunter

    possumhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought that I had read that silkies start laying around the 20 week mark like other birds, but mine aren't laying yet. They are 26 weeks old...any idea how much longer? My roos have been crowing for about a month (if you can call it crowing, sounds more like a dying cat). [​IMG]
     
  2. cterbizan

    cterbizan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Honestly I think they are suppose to be laying. I could be wrong. Do you mind if I ask what you have been feeding them? Any oyster shell? Could they be stressed about anything?
     
  3. possumhunter

    possumhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are still on purina grow/starter...I haven't switched to layer yet, as I was trying to finish up the other bag first. Would that make a difference? I haven't moved them or anything, so I don't see any reason for them to be stressed. It hasn't been very warm around here lately. Summer just hit this week and this week has been the first sun we have had in a couple of months, could that have anything to do with it?

    Thanks!
     
  4. cterbizan

    cterbizan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I am not an expert but with the grower starter they may not be getting the nutrition they need to make an egg and it would be better if you had some oyster shell out. Have you checked to see if they were egg bound? The change in temp shouldn't be the reason they don't lay period, probably just stop for a few days.
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2010
  5. Dylan's Silkies

    Dylan's Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    People say they should start laying between 6-8 months but it's morelikely around 8+ months especially the better quality ones. They're slower to mature. One of my blue pullets just started laying this week and she's 8 months.
     

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