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What age do Silkies start laying?

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Hi, almost all my chickens are laying now! Except for my silkies. No sign of it yet. How old are they generally when they start laying? Are they late maturers?

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Our little pets - Amber, our 5+ year old crowing mille fleur d'Uccle hen and Misty the bantam lavender Ameraucana. 3 years without a flock - tooooooo long!
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post #2 of 5

It depends on the lines of your silkie. Many of the show quality or better quality birds won't lay till they are 7 if not 8 months old. Now I have pet quality hatchery stock... they lay between 5-6 months old.

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post #3 of 5

I've heard more than one person say theirs began laying after nine months old.

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post #4 of 5

The soonest one of mine laid was 5 1/2 months the latest was 11 months.
BUT ON AVERAGE BETWEEN 7/9 MONTHS.

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post #5 of 5

Mine were close to 9 months, but now they are little laying machines! big_smile


 

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