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Hen Wonders: How old do Hens have to be to lay Eggs?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

I had a Hen and I would like to figure out when she is supposed to lay Eggs at her new home? She's already 15 weeks old, going on 16, and I think I should be expecting Eggs quite soon!

 

Anybody know?


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post #2 of 21

I beleive there is some variation between breeds but I usually expect eggs starting around week 22 give or take a few weeks.

post #3 of 21

Most of our girls started laying around 5-6 months...I think the 16 week time frame is more hopeful than realistic!  I'm sure there are some breeds that lay early, but I have several different types of hens...earliest started around 22 weeks old!  Good luck!

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A wicked chicken lays deviled eggs

In love with my nigerian dwarf goats, blue copper marans, standard BBS & golden laced cochins and ameraucanas...also have a coop filled with random breeds that provide eggs for my family!  Very much in love with my EXTREMELY tolerant husband and twin boys!  Excited about my projects: Silkied ameraucans and LF chocolate cochins

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post #4 of 21

Most usually start around 22 weeks.

 

That being said, most of mine started at 18 weeks.

 

It also depends on the breed.  Mine were Black Australorps and Barred Rocks and Easter Eggers (my EE began laying at 17 weeks and they're usually known to start laying much later).

 

 

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Registered Katahdin meat sheep, Silkies, Guineas, Egg Layers, annual pig, Papillons, toy Poodle,

Cornish Rex cats, aquatic turtle, Kangal LGDs (and puppies) and Grt Pyr on 15 acres.

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post #5 of 21

My chickens didn't start laying til 27 or so weeks. I had EE, SLW, and a white leghorn.

Hatch Cam is not live.  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wendywr1

 

I have 20ish chickens, including legbars, FBCM, polish, EE and OE

http://acaptivechicken.blogspot.com

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Hatch Cam is not live.  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wendywr1

 

I have 20ish chickens, including legbars, FBCM, polish, EE and OE

http://acaptivechicken.blogspot.com

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post #6 of 21

You can guess that the pullet will start laying when her comb is bright red.  She may start to squat when you try to pet her or sit in the nest box for a time.  The time when she starts to lay can vary even within the same breed.  My White Leghorn started laying at 19 weeks - but another poster has a WL and she's still not laying at 24 weeks.  So, it can really vary.  My EEs started at 21 weeks old and would sit in the nest box for about 3 days off and on before they actually started to lay.  If there's a rooster - the rooster will start mating her as she gets close to laying.  Sorry, not much help.  But the 16 week time frame is really less realistic then the 22 week that an earlier poster mentioned.  I have one that's 22 weeks old and still hasn't started laying.

My chickens: WL, AC, EE, LO, Marans, EE/WL mix & Silkies = a rainbow of egg colors :) 

 

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My chickens: WL, AC, EE, LO, Marans, EE/WL mix & Silkies = a rainbow of egg colors :) 

 

Chicken farmer since July 2011

 

"He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return."  Psalm 78:39

 

My BYC page http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bobbieschickss-member-page

 

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post #7 of 21
layer type hens like sex-links and comets usually lay on or before 23 weeks. but some chickens are late layers like polishes, EEs, araucanas...
i have a hen that laid her first egg at 26 weeks. smile.png

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post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks, everyone! And I do have two Cockerels.... So I wonder when my Pullet will lay? I'm trying to decide if I want her to lay soon or not. I think not. I'm just not ready for them to grow up! :(

1 Production Red Rooster

1 Buff Orpington Hen

And one Barred Plymouth Rock Roo that I adore! :)

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1 Production Red Rooster

1 Buff Orpington Hen

And one Barred Plymouth Rock Roo that I adore! :)

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post #9 of 21

My girls started between 18-28 weeks old and I have a Ameracana hen who still hasn't laid and she's 9 months old.  My red stars laid first followed by my turken then my cochin then my 3 OEGB and my seabright then my silkies and my little girls went broody when they laid their first eggs and one of my silkies went broody around Christmas which was about a month or so after she laid her first egg.     

Sus
mom to one 12yo, 3 dogs,1 cat and a flock of 24 and 4 little peepers

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post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hmm.... So I suppose that means not 16 weeks? Okay, well that expands the time I need to expect it! :) That's pretty good news for me. It seems like they were only Chicks yesterday :(

1 Production Red Rooster

1 Buff Orpington Hen

And one Barred Plymouth Rock Roo that I adore! :)

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And one Barred Plymouth Rock Roo that I adore! :)

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