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I wanted to know how young a chicken can lay eggs. I have a hen that is about 3 to 3 1/2 months and noticed this past week end two shellless eggs in the coop and another one this mornin. But my two other hens are still giving me regular eggs daily so could this possibly be the youngest hen?

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Yes.  It is possible for a hen to start laying at 3 months.  I would suggest inspecting her for the reason her eggs are shell less. Hope this helps! 

1 dad, 1 mom, 3 sisters, a whole bunch of chickens, 13 runner ducks, 2 lab/pyrenees/anatolian mixes, 1 pyrenees rescue, a norwich terrier and 2 geckos
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1 dad, 1 mom, 3 sisters, a whole bunch of chickens, 13 runner ducks, 2 lab/pyrenees/anatolian mixes, 1 pyrenees rescue, a norwich terrier and 2 geckos
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OK Thank you and just in case we started to give more calcium.

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Laying at 3 - 3 1/2 months would be highly unusual.

Are you positive of the birds age?

What breed is it?

 

Oyster shell should always be available in separate container.

Newly laying birds often lay softshell eggs anyway, can take up to a month or so for things to smooth out.

 

Oh and Welcome to BYC!


Edited by aart - 3/15/16 at 7:44am

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Im not quit sure of her breed, But when i got her she was still under a light and 4wks old she is the little white one in the pic.

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