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At what age do chickens mature?

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I heard 7 months but I have several that are approaching that time, and not only are they not laying they are not very big. They are healthy, well fed/watered etc.

post #2 of 5

It depends on the breed.  I have LF brahmas, 19 months old and I think they are finally finished growing.

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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I've looked but haven't found a chart or info on breed specific maturity...anyone have info on this?

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It depends on the breed...and the individual within the breed.  Of my three EE, one matured (and started laying) at 21 weeks, one at 26 weeks, one at 27 weeks.  Even if you find a chart, it does not mean your bird will start laying at that time.  Just like all kids start walking or talking at different times.hmm

Wife to a wonderful man, mother of a college girl and a high school boy, "mistress" to 1 golden retriever, 2 cats, and 15 chickens (My "girls" include 2 Easter Eggers, 2 Dominiques, 2 Black Australorps, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Jersey Giant, 1 Speckled Sussex,  2 Golden Laced Wyandottes from 2009 and the new 2010 babies, 1 more EE and 2 Welsummers)
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Wife to a wonderful man, mother of a college girl and a high school boy, "mistress" to 1 golden retriever, 2 cats, and 15 chickens (My "girls" include 2 Easter Eggers, 2 Dominiques, 2 Black Australorps, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Jersey Giant, 1 Speckled Sussex,  2 Golden Laced Wyandottes from 2009 and the new 2010 babies, 1 more EE and 2 Welsummers)
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Henderson's gives a very ROUGH guide:  http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html    Basically you get early, average, and late, not by month; that's probably as close as you're going to get, though.

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