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What Age Do Chickens Start To Lay Eggs & Roo's Become Daddies?

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I've noticed my 5 month old Roo trying to mate with the 5 1/2 month old chickens.    Can i expect eggs or babies any time soon?   Thanks,  ~Julie~  jumpy

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I don't think that having a rooster 'do the do' with the hen brings on egg laying. The hen will start laying when the eggs develop internally. The roo is just being an adolescent boy 'exercising' his instincts.

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post #3 of 6

They should start laying around 20-22 weeks or so....

Empty Nester mother of a son and daughter, married for almost 25 years, I have 2 chihuahuas, 30 chickens including Ameraucanas, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Cuckoo Marans, Partridge Plymouth Rocks, Welsummers, Columbian Wyandottes,a bunny and several cats. Life is great!

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Empty Nester mother of a son and daughter, married for almost 25 years, I have 2 chihuahuas, 30 chickens including Ameraucanas, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Cuckoo Marans, Partridge Plymouth Rocks, Welsummers, Columbian Wyandottes,a bunny and several cats. Life is great!

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post #4 of 6

When your girls are ready they will lay- I had one start at 21 weeks old and another not until 32 weeks old! They are all different. About hathing chicks- if your roo is actively mating your girls, when they lay- the eggs will be fertile, but you'll have to either have a "broody" or an incubator to get babies- the girls will not just automatically sit on them, and some will never do so.
Congratulations though- they are close to laying age- you should be getting eggs soon smile

~ Life is better with chickens ~

" Eating is an agricultural act" Wendell Berry
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~ Life is better with chickens ~

" Eating is an agricultural act" Wendell Berry
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post #5 of 6
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I guess i should have asked one question at a time.  lol  I know about the broody hen part and i know how to incubate/hatch the eggs, just didn't know the age of when a hen starts to lay eggs for the first time. }}}So she doesn't start to lay eggs till approx. 5 months old or a little older(20-32 weeks old).  Is there a certain age for the rooster also?   (I had just noticed a couple days ago, him trying).   ~~My chickens(4 hens, 1 roo /20-21 weeks old & 1 adult roo) Are Currently All Eating Flock Raiser, WHEN Should i Switch to the Laying/ Layena?) ?   Thanks,  ~Julie~

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I would switch to layer food now.

-Jackie- Mom of twins plus one!
Oh, and not to forget the golden retriever & the tropical fish!
3 Welsummers, 3 EEs, 1 Columbian Wyandotte, 2 Light Brahmas & 1 Barred Rock!
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-Jackie- Mom of twins plus one!
Oh, and not to forget the golden retriever & the tropical fish!
3 Welsummers, 3 EEs, 1 Columbian Wyandotte, 2 Light Brahmas & 1 Barred Rock!
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