My bantam hens are seven months old now. They are certainly old enough to lay now but with winter time's shortened hours of daylight, they have yet to give me that precious first egg.
But as of a couple of days ago the signs are beginning to appear. Sunflower here I think will lay the first egg but only time will tell. Her comb has become a nice deep red and when I go into the run she squats now when I approach her. That is an instinct they develop for the rooster but since I have no rooster I won't take it personal that they think I am one.
Cupcakes comb is pretty red now too but she is not squatting yet.
However Daisy has a pea comb and it isn't quite as red and sometimes this goofball does what sounds like an attempt at crowing. It is pretty quiet but I can tell that is what she is doing a bad impression of.
I hung a bird feeder in the run to put their oyster shell in when they start laying. Chickens require some extra calcium to support all those egg shells they will produce.
A fake egg is in the nesting boxes so they hopefully get the clue to lay here. My other chickens all learned to without a hitch but not sure with these girls. I have not seen anyone climb in there yet which will be a sure sign an egg is not long coming.
So we are on egg watch. I have been told maybe not till February will we see any action as the days get longer since increased hours of sunlight can trigger the start of laying.
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