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When will my white leghorn start laying?

post #1 of 22
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I bought 25 chicks from McMurray hatchery and they arrived on November 12 this year. I ordered a white leghorn pullet and I have never had this breed before. From what others have said, they start laying earlier than other breeds. I was curious, so that is why I ordered one. I am really wanting to know an estimated time when she will start laying so that I can start looking for eggs. Here is a picture of her, to get an idea. I was hoping she would start laying at about 4.5 months but I think it will be longer than that.

 

Thanks!

 

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Also have : Svart Honas and Cream Legbars 

 

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post #2 of 22
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Also forgot to mention that that is a red sex link behind the leghorn. She is much bigger than the leghorn but her comb is smaller. People say they start laying pretty early too, but I am not sure. I have been used to waiting 5.5 to 6 months for chickens to start laying. I was hoping these would mature out quicker and surprise me. Anybody know when she might start laying also?

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Also have : Svart Honas and Cream Legbars 

 

Katahdin Sheep - Breeding and commercial stock. Ewes and Rams AVAILABLE. PM for info 

www.ewecrazyfarms.com 

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UK IMPORT ORPINGTONS -  CHOCOLATE ORPINGTONS, MOTTLED ORPINGTONS, SILVER LACED ORPINGTONS, LEGBAR ORPINGTONS, JUBILEE ORPINGTONS, CHOCOLATE CUCKOO, and ISABEL ORPINGTONS. All Large Fowl 

 

Also have : Svart Honas and Cream Legbars 

 

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www.ewecrazyfarms.com 

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post #3 of 22

the leghorn should start laying at around 16-17 weeks old. the sexlink around 5- 7 months old. i have 9 of each in my flock and they are egg laying machines.

post #4 of 22
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Hmmm so she is about 18 weeks now. I guess I will start looking for eggs although, I still think she has several weeks to go. Her comb is not very large compared to other leghorn hens I've seen.

UK IMPORT ORPINGTONS -  CHOCOLATE ORPINGTONS, MOTTLED ORPINGTONS, SILVER LACED ORPINGTONS, LEGBAR ORPINGTONS, JUBILEE ORPINGTONS, CHOCOLATE CUCKOO, and ISABEL ORPINGTONS. All Large Fowl 

 

Also have : Svart Honas and Cream Legbars 

 

Katahdin Sheep - Breeding and commercial stock. Ewes and Rams AVAILABLE. PM for info 

www.ewecrazyfarms.com 

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UK IMPORT ORPINGTONS -  CHOCOLATE ORPINGTONS, MOTTLED ORPINGTONS, SILVER LACED ORPINGTONS, LEGBAR ORPINGTONS, JUBILEE ORPINGTONS, CHOCOLATE CUCKOO, and ISABEL ORPINGTONS. All Large Fowl 

 

Also have : Svart Honas and Cream Legbars 

 

Katahdin Sheep - Breeding and commercial stock. Ewes and Rams AVAILABLE. PM for info 

www.ewecrazyfarms.com 

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post #5 of 22

I have 6 WL and 2 started at 18 weeks and the last one was 28, but I did notice their combs got big and kind of flopped over to the side.  I get 5 to 6 white eggs a day now, nice and large!  Love my White Leghorns!

Alabama momma of: A bunch of chicks:)

 

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Alabama momma of: A bunch of chicks:)

 

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post #6 of 22

They usually start to lay at around 18 weeks, but it can be different for each chicken.

 

2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Stars

 

~~Chicken Behavior Article~~

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2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Stars

 

~~Chicken Behavior Article~~

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post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Ok thanks! I put some hay in the nesting boxes so I will be on egg watch!
The leghorn is a lot smaller than the rest of my breeds but I think that is to be expected. They are a smaller breed of chicken. Her comb is definitely the largest though.

UK IMPORT ORPINGTONS -  CHOCOLATE ORPINGTONS, MOTTLED ORPINGTONS, SILVER LACED ORPINGTONS, LEGBAR ORPINGTONS, JUBILEE ORPINGTONS, CHOCOLATE CUCKOO, and ISABEL ORPINGTONS. All Large Fowl 

 

Also have : Svart Honas and Cream Legbars 

 

Katahdin Sheep - Breeding and commercial stock. Ewes and Rams AVAILABLE. PM for info 

www.ewecrazyfarms.com 

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UK IMPORT ORPINGTONS -  CHOCOLATE ORPINGTONS, MOTTLED ORPINGTONS, SILVER LACED ORPINGTONS, LEGBAR ORPINGTONS, JUBILEE ORPINGTONS, CHOCOLATE CUCKOO, and ISABEL ORPINGTONS. All Large Fowl 

 

Also have : Svart Honas and Cream Legbars 

 

Katahdin Sheep - Breeding and commercial stock. Ewes and Rams AVAILABLE. PM for info 

www.ewecrazyfarms.com 

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post #8 of 22

Mine were around 17-18 weeks when they started laying (with artificial light).  My Golden Comets were around the same.  My leghorns were laying way before their combs were completely developed, by the way.  I'd be looking for an egg any day.  Fun!

Married to the Perfect Guy with 3 kids.  We have a small flock of Black Copper Marans, Lavender & Blue Ameraucanas, and various layers.  We also raise free range meat chickens & turkeys!  What do you think? http://www.180movie.com/

See how we raise meaties - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMUE-1kzaAA&feature=plcp

See how we integrate new chicks & young chickens:  https://www.youtube.com/edi...

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Married to the Perfect Guy with 3 kids.  We have a small flock of Black Copper Marans, Lavender & Blue Ameraucanas, and various layers.  We also raise free range meat chickens & turkeys!  What do you think? http://www.180movie.com/

See how we raise meaties - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMUE-1kzaAA&feature=plcp

See how we integrate new chicks & young chickens:  https://www.youtube.com/edi...

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post #9 of 22

You need to give them a motivational speech like I have with mine every so often.  I used visual aids this time, trust me it works :)

 

 

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No those are'nt any of mine going on the BBQ, mine are treated better than my dogs.  I had just gathered the eggs which were sitting on the outside table when I went out to put the other chicken on the BBQ.


Edited by sirhc76 - 3/22/12 at 10:21am
post #10 of 22

Mine was 33 weeks th.gif

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