Looks like I need to kick back from the daily egg hunt. Even though there are claims of chickens laying their first egg as early as 14 weeks of age on www.backyardchickens.com, others say that 28 weeks is a much more likely age for a chicken to start laying.
Our four will be 22 weeks old tomorrow, with no sign of eggs on the horizon. At least they have now made friends with the new nest-box counter, now that we’ve lined it with the same combo of newspapers, paper towels and pine shavings as the other counters. They wouldn’t go near it before:
Go figure. These hens actually get daily turn-down service. We bring them into the coop around sundown (earlier now that the time has changed!) and they get new food and water for the night, and generally a treat – they prefer scratch or meal worms to the usual pillow mint. We were thinking that maybe they’re refusing to lay because we haven’t provided monogrammed terrycloth robes, but that really would be going too far…right?
Hey, stranger things have happened: