March 31, 2008 at 5:58 am #242641
Hi all, I am a newby when it comes to raising backyard chooks. I purchased 2 x Lowman Brown crosses and 2 x Rhode Island Red crosses (both sold as point of lay) from a produce place at Black Soil about a month ago.
I read about 5 different books on the subject and set up the aviary ‘just right’. I let the ‘girls’ out every morning and let them free range in the backyard every day, change the water every day and so on. I have scoured the yard and have not found any secret nests and I even left them in the coop for a few days over Easter, but still no eggs.
Other than the incident where one of the girls turned out to be a rooster (they happily swapped him out for another hen), I was hoping for some advice on when they should start laying eggs. I thought a point of lay meant that they were ready to start laying straight away.
Any advice or thoughts greatly welcomed and appreciated.:DMarch 31, 2008 at 6:01 am #332725
I’ve had the same experience – our point of layers didn’t actually lay for 6 weeks after we got them! But I’m a chicken novice as well so will let one of the resident chicken experts give you some suggestions!March 31, 2008 at 9:34 am #332726
Ours took a couple of weeks to lay, too.March 31, 2008 at 10:03 am #332727
I think it took me about 8 weeks to find the 30 eggs that they had laid 😆 So it took maybe 4 or 5 weeks for them to start laying 🙂March 31, 2008 at 11:38 am #332728
I have found that it doesn’t take terribly long for newly aquired chooks to settle in to their new home.
If you are doing all the right things for them (and it sounds like you are), maybe they were not quite point of lay when you bought them.
Some breeds take longer to reach maturity than others too… if one became a roo since you bought it, they sound to me like they are still quite young.. point of lay is around 20-25 weeks.
HTH 🙂 Oh.. & welcome to ALS russellauMarch 31, 2008 at 1:00 pm #332729
Thankyou to all who have provided me with some advice. I will continue to ask the girls nicely for some eggs every night when I lock the aviary . Maybe that will work 😀
I will have to practice some patience I guess. And thankyou for the welcome :shy:March 31, 2008 at 8:34 pm #332730
Hang in there Russell – there is nothing more exciting than that first egg from your girls 😀April 1, 2008 at 5:13 am #332731
Point of Lay (no not a Spanish breed as someone once asked me…..Pointole) usually refers to a pullet from 16 weeks of age. Depending on the breed or the strain you have, your pullets can begin laying at 16 weeks (Leghorns) or some, as with large pure breds (Plymouth Rocks), at 24weeks. Patience is the key!!!April 3, 2008 at 4:03 am #332732
Ask where u bought them what feed they were having and keep them on the same plus kitchen scraps ,greens etc .
A sudden change in diet can stop or slow layingApril 9, 2008 at 12:33 pm #332733
Hi all, again. My chooks are STILL NOT LAYING. I am getting really frustrated, I have to say. I don’t know if they are stressed out or what the problem is. The open side of the aviary / coop faces east, so I moved the nesting boxes so they face north so they don’t get full morning sun. I put clean straw in and a golf ball to mimic an egg, but to no avail. Unless the chooks were much younger than I thought, I don’t know what else to do. I let them out to free range in the back yard at about 7am and lock them in when they roost when it gets dark. There are definately no eggs in the garden or yard. I kept them locked up over Easter, but no eggs.
Should I keep them cooped until they start laying in case there is something spooking them during the day?? I will feel pretty mean doing so because I know they love roaming around the yard during the day.
I bought a new bag of mash today and asked the produce staff and all they had to say was ‘have you wormed them’. Is this something I need to do to encourage laying?? I have the worming solution, but I haven’t added it to the water yet because they came vacinated and wormed.
Any advice most welcomed.
Frustrated Russell 😐
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