Are they ready to lay?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MyCritterAddiction, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. MyCritterAddiction

    MyCritterAddiction Out Of The Brooder

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    My roo and hens are about 5-6 months old. The roo is an EE, the hens are EE, RIR, BR, and silver laced Wyandotte. The roo has started showing some interest in one of the RIRs, and this past weekend he has started crowing (a lot).o_O
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Probably getting close, but could still be a few more weeks.
     
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  3. ChickenLoverGia

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    I think that the hens will definitely start laying soon, if they haven't already! My hens started laying at 3 months!
     
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  4. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    5-6months old is when most hens start laying. Are they squatting when you go to pat their backs? Are they practising their 'egg song'? Are they spending a bit of time in the nest boxes practising their nesting? Are their combs reddening up? Those are all signs of impending egg laying.
     
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  5. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Mercy, What kind of chickens are you raising!
     
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  6. ChickenLoverGia

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    My hen that started laying at 3 months was a Barred Rock
     
  7. KoopOnTruckin

    KoopOnTruckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL, yeah agreed! 13 weeks is REALLY young for a hen to start laying. Usually around 24 weeks is normal I think.
     
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  8. ChickenLoverGia

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    yes! I know! my other hens did not start laying until around 6 weeks!
     
  9. MyCritterAddiction

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    They haven't started as of today. I hope they do soon!
     
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  10. MyCritterAddiction

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    I'm new to all of this. I think they may be squatting, at least a couple may be. Not all of them want me to touch them. I haven't noticed the combs, need to look at those. As far as the nesting box, I had it fluffed and golf ball inside, and they scratched it all out!
     

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