At what age should I expect my chickens to start laying eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by connor97, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. connor97

    connor97 Chirping

    We have 6 little pullets, Im not quite sure how old they are but we got three of them a few days before christmas and 3 a few days after, and they were being sold as "day olds" but I think they were probably a bit older.

    If some breeds start laying at different ages, Ill just tell you the breeds just in case any of you may know how long it takes for a specific breed to begin to lay. We have 1 rhode isalnd red, 1 barred rock, 2 buff orpingtons, and 2 easter eggers.

    We also recently purchased an adult silkie at a pet store about 3 or 4 weeks ago. I am not quite so sure how old she is, but she looks full grown to me. I know they arent layer breeds but I read somewhere they could lay eggs weekly, but we have had her for about a month now and she hasnt laid any eggs yet? Could she be younger then I think she is? Or could something be wrong? We dont have nest boxes in the coop yet, because we tried to put one in but the chickens all just perch on the side of it instead of their roosts and poop in it while the silkie is trying to sleep in it. Could this be why she isnt laying because she is stressed out about all the chickens perching on the box? We are using cat litter pans as nests, I heard you could use them as nests and that it would be easy to clean out. Is this a good idea or should I switch to something else as a nest?
    (If any of you have any ideas on what to make the nest out of, let me know! :) )

    Thanks. [​IMG]

    Here is a picture of the silkie. Maybe you guys could guess how old she is.

    (Yes I am aware she is a cross breed since she doesnt have feathers on her feet)
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013

  2. Cotton42

    Cotton42 Songster

    Feb 23, 2012
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Most chickens don't start laying until they are about 5 months old. My EE's didn't start until they were about 6-7 months old and I've heard of Silkies that have waited until they were 22 months old to lay! The earliest layer I've ever had was my Golden Comet, which is a production 'breed', and she laid at 19 weeks. Waiting for that first egg is HARD. Good luck!
  3. WildBilly

    WildBilly Chirping

    Feb 4, 2013
    late may early june they should start laying... i got mine october 3rd , 6 total and they layed between 4.5 and 5 months old. they layed between 19 and 25 weeks of age i assume yours will lay around 20 to 25 weeks but sometimes it takes longer. you will luckily be able to collect them in the summer , they lay better with warmer weather. i assume yours will lay in a few months...[​IMG] good luck and enjoy the laying, and lots of eggs to eat... your birds will also probably grow bigger and fill out more several months after they start laying so enjoy the fun they bring to you and watch the exciting acts and changes they go through. Best wishes

    I have one Easter Egger, RIR, and an orpington and a buff also. plus a jersey giant rooster and a white leghorn hen. i have mine at 5 and a half months now. lots of fun
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