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#74674 - 01/30/05 06:47 AM They should start laying any day now!
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My ISABrowns will be 16 weeks old on Tuesday! I should start seeing eggs any day now!! Oh, I just can't wait. This is so exciting!

They're getting noisier - while they used to make kind of quiet, monotone, "bak bak bak" sounds, now they sound like little siblings threatening eachother "UMMMM! I'm gonna tell MOM!" You know "BKAAAAAAK! Bak bak bakbak BKAAAAAAK!"

Is that what you all mean when you say "they start to talk about it" before they begin laying?

But - my rooster hasn't started crowing yet. Does that mean anything?

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#74675 - 01/30/05 05:28 PM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Isn't it exciting waiting for those first eggs??? My red sex-links turned 16 weeks last Wednesday so I am anxiously awaiting the first egg too.

(Meanwhile, one of barred rocks has been broody for over a week now. Too bad this couldn't have happened a couple months from now. It's been way too cold here to move her to a separate cage to break her from being broody. Maybe next week will warm up a little????)

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#74676 - 01/31/05 08:16 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Like a watched pot, watched pullets take longer to lay that first egg. The songs tell you it could come any time, but anticipation just might slow things down. Good luck on a discovery soon.

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#74677 - 01/31/05 12:56 PM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Stacy, it is very exciting to get your first egg. I still rush outside everyday to check for more. The joy never ends and you don't get tired of it. Isn't it fun???? Congratulations!!

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#74678 - 01/31/05 03:40 PM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Quote:
Originally posted by Dr. Bruce Smith:
Like a watched pot, watched pullets take longer to lay that first egg. The songs tell you it could come any time, but anticipation just might slow things down. Good luck on a discovery soon.
LOL Dr. Smith! Ain't it the truth! I have a flock of barred rock pullets that started laying this past October. I'd been diligent looking around the coop and in the nest boxes every day since they were 16 weeks old (although I really didn't expect much before 20 weeks of age). Then when they were 19 weeks old, I had to go on a business trip. That night I called my husband to tell him that I had arrived safely and he tells me that he found the first pullet egg in with the barred rocks. Yeesh! All it took was for me to go out of town. laugh

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#74679 - 02/01/05 10:37 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Well - maybe I should stay out of the coop. No eggs yet.

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#74680 - 02/02/05 12:13 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Stacey-
When I found the first egg from The Collective, I accused my spouse of 'planting' the tiny brown orb. I was immediately bombarded with denial, not to mention practical facts like "yes dear, I searched far and wide until I found the perfect tiny brown egg with which I hoped I could fool you". So I began imagining conspiring neighbors.
Once I accepted that it was the genuine article, I showed it anyone and everyone that stopped long enough to get their attention.
Like a lot of things in life....just when you least expect it, egg-pect it!
16 weeks is still young. You and your girls are actually a bit better off for the waiting. There is less likelyhood of problems that can arise from pullets which start laying before they are completely ready.

Good cLuck

TC
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#74681 - 02/02/05 01:42 PM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Thanks, TC! I think I might actually appreciate it if somebody planted an egg in my coop - at least it would occupy my mind for a while!

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#74682 - 02/03/05 12:51 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Yes Stacey, your mind will be occupied for a while ....for a long, long while; imagine, if you will, what you are going through in anticipation of just a single egg (albeit the first egg) and multiply that angst by the number of pullets in your flock (24, if I recall correctly). Now times that by each and every day from the day of your first egg until, well let's just say.....FOREVER. I think the sum could accurately be called the Addiction Factor.
In other words the egg-citement shifts, but it doesn't diminish.
Just wait, you'll see what I mean.

TC
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ps-please check your PMs

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#74683 - 02/03/05 03:39 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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LOL, TC. I guess this was just the kind of hobby I needed! Something to be obsessed with . . . .

I haven't gone out yet this morning - maybe today will be the day!

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#74684 - 02/05/05 06:43 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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OK Cross your fingers! I'm going to check for eggs.

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#74685 - 02/06/05 06:28 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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OK - maybe this morning?

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#74686 - 02/06/05 07:08 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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LOL Stacey! I finally put up the nest boxes with my pullets yesterday (I am much the procrastinator). The pullets are having a grand time standing on the perches and peering into this new thing in their pen. They are quite inquisitive. No eggs for me either and I think mine are a little older than yours? Mine will be 18 weeks old this coming Wednesday.

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#74687 - 02/06/05 08:29 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Even production layers like ISAs may well wait until near five months of age to begin laying in a small flock situation. I have three Pearl Leghorns, but the first egg I got was from an Ameraucana. When the Pearls kicked in, they soon began laying at a 100% rate, and their eggs got bigger sooner than the others. Almost all of them go in the large cartons now.
I urge giving up all hope of ever getting an egg, but keeping the good feed, water, and housing all shipshape. One day you MIGHT have a nice surprise. Be sure to crow loud enough to hear you down here when it happens.

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#74688 - 02/06/05 07:06 PM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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What kind do you have, bluedog? Mine just turned 16 weeks on Tuesday.

I got my first egg this morning! A big, pretty brown egg right under my nest boxes! I was so excited that I brought it into town with me to show it off.

Did you hear me crowing, Dr. Bruce?

I hope the eggs don't get much bigger - how would I find cartons big enough for them? This one was the right size for one of the "AA Large" cartons I had saved.

I can't wait until tomorrow!

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#74689 - 02/06/05 07:32 PM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Congratulations! it is so exciting to get eggs from chickens that you raise yourself.

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#74690 - 02/07/05 05:22 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Congratulations Stacey! Right on time!

Mine are golden buffs which is just a generic line of red sex links similar to the ISA browns, but not a large commercially raised line.

Aren't they great fun!

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#74691 - 02/07/05 07:43 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Congratulations. In fact, I did hear a weird screeching when I went out on the porch this morning. That big egg is probably a double. My new pullets have laid quite a few doubles as they have started up. The doubles are a hoot when hard boiled.

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#74692 - 02/09/05 06:24 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Thanks, everybody!

Since that first one, I haven't got any more. Hmmmmm. I wonder if somebody found a nice brown egg and snuck it in my coop? hehe

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#74693 - 02/09/05 08:04 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Registered: 02/02/05
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Loc: Illinois
Congrats Stacey. Now how about my ladies??? Mine(Banty Mutts) are close to a year old and have not laid all winter. When can I be the lucky one??

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#74694 - 02/10/05 03:54 AM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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JLee - I'm sending you "egg vibes"!

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#74695 - 02/10/05 07:51 PM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Registered: 02/02/05
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Thanks Stacey!!!! I have found my first egg today since I recieved these ladies.(Jan. 1, 05) I hope they have the idea now and will continue.

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#74696 - 02/11/05 01:09 PM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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The egg vibes must have worked, JLee! Congratulations!

Mine are still not laying much - I have had 5 eggs so far. At least the last 4 were tiny little eggs like I expected, not big double-yolkers like the first one (you were right, Dr. Bruce). That poor little chicken - a double yolker the first time. It must have been something like giving birth to a 10-lb baby.

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#74697 - 02/11/05 02:04 PM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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lol! congratulations Stacey!! I bet her butt is sore!!! hehehe

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#74698 - 02/11/05 03:45 PM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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My turn! LOL! First egg today from my golden buff pullets. And in the nest box too! Yippee! 'Tis the season.

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#74699 - 02/11/05 04:55 PM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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to be jolly, falalalala lalalala' lol!!
Congratz!!

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#74700 - 02/12/05 01:28 PM Re: They should start laying any day now!
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Congratulations, bluedog!! We can all celebrate together!

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