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pullets not yet laying!
#1
I have had my eight hybrid pullets for around a month now but to date only one has started laying and that was almost immediately after we brought them home. They have the red combs and are interested in the nesting boxes but no action. Is there something that I should be doing to help them on their way?



Thanks guys
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#2
Patience is a virtue as my mum used to say, they'll lay soon enough, then you'll be asking what on earth to do with so many eggs.<img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />
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#3
Ha ha lets hope you are right!
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#4
[quote name='madonion' date='21 March 2012 - 03:36 PM' timestamp='1332344203' post='255320']

I have had my eight hybrid pullets for around a month now but to date only one has started laying and that was almost immediately after we brought them home. They have the red combs and are interested in the nesting boxes but no action. Is there something that I should be doing to help them on their way?



Thanks guys

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You don't say how old your birds are but generally the term 'pullet' refers to a hen between a 'grower' and 'point of lay' so perhaps some of them are just not old enough yet.
I never make the same mistake twice. I do it at least five or six times, just to make sure !

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#5
Could they possibly be laying in a hedge or bush or under something? I usually find that when they first start to lay they do it all over the place and I usualy find a few dotted around on the floor. Just a thought!
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#6
A pullet can be any female from a grower to a year old.
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#7
[quote name='april' date='21 March 2012 - 06:06 PM' timestamp='1332353165' post='255332']

You don't say how old your birds are but generally the term 'pullet' refers to a hen between a 'grower' and 'point of lay' so perhaps some of them are just not old enough yet.

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I was told that they are all the same age, point of lay pullets - as one is and has been laying regularly I just assumed that the rest would have started too.







[quote name='Ali's Chooks' date='21 March 2012 - 07:15 PM' timestamp='1332357335' post='255337']

Could they possibly be laying in a hedge or bush or under something? I usually find that when they first start to lay they do it all over the place and I usualy find a few dotted around on the floor. Just a thought!

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No, they are all in an enclosed run at the moment - nowhere to hide lol
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#8
[quote name='gamefowlman' date='21 March 2012 - 07:51 PM' timestamp='1332359467' post='255338']

A pullet can be any female from a grower to a year old.

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Thank you GFM, I stand corrected.
I never make the same mistake twice. I do it at least five or six times, just to make sure !

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#9
So is there something I should be doing or should I just leave them to it? They are fed layers pellets and get a cabbage one or twice a week. I also give them a handful mixed corn in the afternoon.



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#10
The feeding sounds fine, as the weather gets warmer you can cut out the corn if you want to - it helps keep them warm at night in the winter.



Watch for their combs getting bigger and redder, that will indicate that they are coming into lay.
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#11
3 eggs today!!! So 2 more girls have started laying!! Hooray <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
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#12
brilliant good timing for easter eggs! <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />
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#13
Our girls are now free ranging for about 3 - 4 hours a day now but still no more have come into lay and no interest whatsoever in the nest boxes. They have nice red combs now and i have checked the pelvic bones and three of them are comfortably 2 fingers apart in the pelvic area! They are not laying anywhere in the garden as we keep a close eye on them and they dont actually rest apart from in a dirt area where they bathe.
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#14
[quote name='madonion' date='14 April 2012 - 09:55 PM' timestamp='1334436945' post='256918']

Our girls are now free ranging for about 3 - 4 hours a day now but still no more have come into lay and no interest whatsoever in the nest boxes. They have nice red combs now and i have checked the pelvic bones and three of them are comfortably 2 fingers apart in the pelvic area! They are not laying anywhere in the garden as we keep a close eye on them and they dont actually rest apart from in a dirt area where they bathe.

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Patience is a Virtue <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' />
I never make the same mistake twice. I do it at least five or six times, just to make sure !

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#15
I am concerned that the others will not start to lay. One has been laying for about 2 months now and two others started a few weeks ago but that's it. They are all the same age so would have thought that they would now all be in lay! Do some chickens just not lay at all?
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