7 months old and they finally started laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FloridaFarmGuy, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. FloridaFarmGuy

    FloridaFarmGuy In the Brooder

    Aug 30, 2013
    Well my two hens started laying eggs over the weekend. They are both 7 months old and I've been waiting very patiently. I thought the first eggs would be small and soft shelled. However, they were medium/large and the shells were very thick. Does anyone else have experience on late starters? Do later boomers equal longer/better layers or is it completely random. Is 7 months a long time as I suspect? They are barred rocks.

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Not unusual at all to be late bloomers this time of year because of shorter days.
    The older they are when they start, it stands to reason the eggs would be bigger than normal pullet eggs.

    A chicken is born with all the eggs it will ever lay. A delay and taking breaks means they'll lay more in later life.
    Many people prefer not to feed chickens without getting eggs though.

    It's actually old hens that lay thinner shelled eggs.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Early laying can lead to laying issues later in life, so in that way, later laying is better for their longevity.

    Are your BR's heritage, or hatchery? Heritage BR's normally take about 7 months to mature. 7 months is not so long, I'm still waiting on my Barnevelder pullets that hatched 3/26.

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