Average age for egglaying.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SowdersHomestead, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. SowdersHomestead

    SowdersHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the a resource available that will tell you the average age of each breed when they should start egglaying? I have info on the amount of eggs and size but not age.
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    There are more factors than breed pertaining to age of laying. Your best bet would be to say your breed and have folks post what week theirs started lay. I think you'll get a wide range even for one breed.
     
  3. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's true. Out of my flock of 9 girls, one of them, a Golden Comet, started laying at 18 1/2 weeks, and five of them (three EE's, 1 Cuckoo Maran and 1 Cherry Egger) still haven't started laying and they are 27 weeks today!
     
  4. SowdersHomestead

    SowdersHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are some of the factors that may make a hen lay later? Can their housing, environment, food, cooped up or free ranged be factors? I noticed when we first got our 2 hens I kept them in the tractor for the first 3 weeks so they would know where home was. I was getting an egg every other day. Once I started letting them roam the back yard for a few hours I started getting an egg a day and sometimes 2 a day. It's been raining here the last couple days and they have stayed in the tractor and yesterday was the first day in a month I didn't get an egg. I'm starting to learn a bit about chicken psychology.
     
  5. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I Say about 20-25 weeks
     
  6. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is nothing that can tell you that. Every pullet is different.

    I have three Rhodies and three B'd Rocks all born on the same day. At 20 week one Rhodie started laying, withing 2 week a Rock and another Rhodie started laying. For the most part I have been getting an egg a day from the Rhodies and 6 eggs a week from the Rock. The other three have not started laying yet. They are all squatting which some will tell you that is a sign that laying is days or a week or two away. They are 24 1/2 weeks right now.

    I can tell you when your girls will start laying...exactly when they're ready!

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