age when they start laying?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by catballou24, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. catballou24

    catballou24 In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2007
    Austin, TX
    i know for us, it was around 18-20 weeks...but someone just told me 18 months. that seems like a long time. our first batch were hatched in march and started laying in august sometime....

    does it vary by geography?
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Should be around 18-20 weeks some later, but not too much later, 18 months is way too late, that is around the time they go through their first moult.
  3. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    18 to 20 weeks.
  4. michellerene

    michellerene Songster

    Apr 23, 2007
    Graham, WA
    [​IMG] She is still insisting it's 18 mos where she lives. (Right Cat?! [​IMG])
  5. catballou24

    catballou24 In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2007
    Austin, TX
  6. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Any chicken of mine that has not laid an egg by the time it is 8 months old better be a pet or it will be dinner. That being said 12 to 20 weeks is about right, some won't lay til 6 months. they are not the norm
  7. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    18 months! [​IMG] No way! Where in the world is she, Alaska? [​IMG]
  8. Backyard Buddies

    Backyard Buddies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    18 months seems quite a bit long. My girls laid:

    EE - 20.5 weeks
    RIR - 23 weeks/6 days
    RIR - 27 weeks.

    My girls were hatched at the end of March, which meant that they were due to lay when daylight hours were getting shorter. Interestingly, the RIR who didn't lay until 27 weeks consistently laid 5 or 6 eggs a week during the darker months. Now, with the days lengthening, she's laying for 2 weeks before taking a break. Today was day 14 for her and she laid early enough in the morning that I know she's going to go several more days before taking a break. [​IMG]

    Yes, I keep a chicken calendar. [​IMG]

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