Adopted a Silkie, how long until she lays?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sheeshshe, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The lady said they just started laying and she is about 4 or 5 months old, I can't remember. She squats when I go to pick her up, but she's been here for 3 weeks and no eggs yet. When you rehome a chicken, does it take a month or two? I presume that she might not have started yet at all?
     
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Silkies don't lay many eggs, moving a hen can put her off laying
     
  3. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    indefinitely? or just for a while?

    the lady had about 10 silkies running around and there were eggs all over the place (she wasn't collecting them). So I assume that this one had started at some point.
     
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    for awhile. Not forever.

    My silkie mixes didn't lay that early, mine were nearly a year old, but it may be the line I had.

    Picture?
     
  5. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd be stunned if she is really only 4 months old and laying. That is early for any hen (most start between 5-5 1/2 months). I'm no silkie expert, having only acquired my first two a few weeks ago but I've been reading on the silkie thread and the consensus seems to be that while silkies have been known to start as early as 5 months and as late as a year, the average is 7-8 months to start laying.

    And yes, any amount of stress will disrupt laying for a few weeks. A move from one coop to another on the same farm is sometimes enough to do it. A move from one residence to another is almost certain to.
     
  6. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She said she hatched them out around January. All I know is she said the group started laying recently.

    That is interesting info though! I didn't know that about Silkies. I mostly got her for a pet, but I was just concerned a little to make sure that she wouldn't get getting eggbound or something. Just wanted to cover my bases before getting concerned. I know that wasn't explained well and makes me sound like I have no earthy idea what I'm talking about LOL. I can't seem to type what I'm trying to say :)
     
  7. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Silkies are broody, a lot- they do not lay eggs when stressed, in moult, or broody.

    Good Luck
     
  8. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she is just sweet and I love her and so do my kids. <3 that is what it is all about anyways <3 As long as she is healthy, I am happy!
     
  10. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMGosh, she just laid an egg ROFL. see? just make a post on BYC and the egg comes. what a funny timing!

    My kids just went to bring her outside and they were all, "look what pompette just did!!!!"
    and brought me the egg <3 <3 <3 sweet chickie girl!
     

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