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#1 2013-07-21 12:07:21

hollowridge
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From: Lunenburg, County, Nova Scotia
Registered: 2013-03-25
Posts: 259

?looking to lay?

Hi, our pullets are 17 weeks old today and yesterday we noticed our darkest EO in the house clucking, looking in the nest boxes and going to the corners, digging out a (nest) and laying in the corner.  Only problem is we have older hens coming in a giving her a peck on the head and chasing her out.  She seems to be looking for a ledge to lay on, so we took the round opening off of one nestboxes this morning hoping that, that will help.
Her comb and waddles are redder then some of the others that is why we think she is trying to lay.  :nervous:

Does anyone have any idea how long this will go on before we could get an egg?  What is the common age for a pullet to start laying?  :huh:  We have some Australorp pullets that have combs and waddles that have redden up but they aren't doing this yet.  I was hoping that they would learn from our 3 Australorp hens on where to go and what to do.

Any information on this would be greatly apprecitated, thanks for your help.:thanks:

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#2 2013-07-21 12:23:07

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-30
Posts: 3159

Re: ?looking to lay?

I am trying to remember when EOs generally start to lay. My oldest pullets are 18 weeks and I haven 't gotten any eggs quite yet. Each bird is a bit different though.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#3 2013-07-21 14:13:59

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
Posts: 3359

Re: ?looking to lay?

Typically mine have started to lay at around 21 weeks.  Maybe she is an early bloomer :huh:

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#4 2013-07-21 20:26:21

Maggiesdad
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From: Louisa County, Virginia
Registered: 2011-10-05
Posts: 1980

Re: ?looking to lay?

Mine are 24-26 wks. She'll start singing about a week before the first egg. If your rooster gets in the nest box too, things are getting close. :thumbsup:

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#5 2013-07-22 14:51:49

hollowridge
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From: Lunenburg, County, Nova Scotia
Registered: 2013-03-25
Posts: 259

Re: ?looking to lay?

Okay, things quieten down here.  But when she was going through this one of the roosters was in beside her in the corner on the floor.  Tried not to watch too much, maybe she is shy.  Thanks for the tip Maggiesdad on the rooster thing, will keep an eye on that.

So exciting it is like hatching time all over again!!! 

Will let you know when one arrives.:thumbs:

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#6 2013-07-22 23:07:48

hollowridge
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From: Lunenburg, County, Nova Scotia
Registered: 2013-03-25
Posts: 259

Re: ?looking to lay?

Well here it is!!  :cheer:

http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a601/hollowridge/first2013pulletegg004_zps22fc3400.jpg

Went to collect the eggs this afternoon and along with our 3 regular eggs I find this tiny little one!!  Good job girl ! :applause: She did it.  We are so proud, now we just have another 7 more to go.

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#7 2013-07-22 23:29:54

yardbirds
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From: just north of Yorkton, Sk.
Registered: 2012-07-09
Posts: 334

Re: ?looking to lay?

:congrats:  first eggs are awesome


urban flock consisting two EOs thx Prairie Chick, one True Blue Ameraucana, and two Welsummers, thx Dan Smith and a gorgeous Easter Egger Hen, thx Flicker Chick. and 2 GLW pullets, 1 GLW cockerel, 1 SLW cockerel, 1 true blue Ameraucana pullet, and 4 EE pullets and 1 Cream Brabanter pullet, Thx to FRF, Anneke, and Fallyn.

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#8 2013-07-23 00:01:52

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-30
Posts: 3159

Re: ?looking to lay?

Wow 17 weeks, that's impressive :applause:


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#9 2013-07-23 00:16:35

gubi
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From: Walton
Registered: 2011-06-30
Posts: 1344
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Re: ?looking to lay?

first eggs are very exciting!  Congratulations!


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#10 2013-07-23 01:23:45

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
Posts: 3359

Re: ?looking to lay?

Always neat to get the first pullet egg :congrats:

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#11 2013-07-23 01:37:57

Micah and Kiah
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From: West Grey
Registered: 2012-04-20
Posts: 839

Re: ?looking to lay?

17 Weeks!  Awesome, :congrats:


All the best,

Kiah and Micah

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#12 2013-07-23 02:30:03

Maggiesdad
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From: Louisa County, Virginia
Registered: 2011-10-05
Posts: 1980

Re: ?looking to lay?

:love:

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