Are these white leghorns close to laying?

susania

In the Brooder
Jul 15, 2020
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Our white leghorns started laying at 19 weeks but that was during the summer. They have slowed a bit for the winter but we’re still getting plenty of eggs.
 

j0hnharris

In the Brooder
Dec 15, 2020
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Our white leghorns started laying at 19 weeks but that was during the summer. They have slowed a bit for the winter but we’re still getting plenty of eggs.
how much did they weight when they started laying?
 

tiftactoe

Hatching
Oct 14, 2020
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Should I expect eggs from these white leghorns or is it early for that yet ?
They are 3 1/2 to 4 months old I think but not sure

I have some novogens (half Leghorn, half Rhode Island Red) in Ohio, and they just started laying at 4.5-5 months old. One egg each per day. Can't imagine how prolific they will be when it gets warmer!
 

MrsBarefoot

Chirping
Jun 22, 2020
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Tampa, FL, US
okay
but how did yours look like when they started laying?
Our girls comb was much bigger and red before laying. We had 2 leghorn females (I say had bc one just got killed this past Monday by a raccoon). They were both the same age, however, only one started to lay early (first) and her comb was much larger and red compared to the other. I believe the first one was about 16-18 weeks when she started and her comb was big. The other one looked more like yours do and didn't started till about 20-22weeks.
 

j0hnharris

In the Brooder
Dec 15, 2020
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20 - 24 weeks in warm weather here, but colder temperatures can take longer and less than 14 hours of light, even longer. Be patient. The taste of new eggs is worth it.
I live in iraq so its not too cold but I'm generaly not very patient haha
 

j0hnharris

In the Brooder
Dec 15, 2020
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Our girls comb was much bigger and red before laying. We had 2 leghorn females (I say had bc one just got killed this past Monday by a raccoon). They were both the same age, however, only one started to lay early (first) and her comb was much larger and red compared to the other. I believe the first one was about 16-18 weeks when she started and her comb was big. The other one looked more like yours do and didn't started till about 20-22weeks.
I guess I have to wait for another if not more
 

chickenDumplings

Hatching
Sep 18, 2020
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My white leghorn started laying at 18.5 weeks. You'll notice your hens will start doing. a submissive squat when you approach them starting about 4 - 7 days before they start laying. Usually when they do their squat, I rub the top of their back near their vent and they seem to enjoy it then after stopping they ruffle their feathers and carry on..
 

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