Discussion in 'Chickenstocks, Shows, Meet-Ups' started by Cydneybirdlova8, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. Cydneybirdlova8

    Cydneybirdlova8 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 30, 2013
    How old does a chicken hen have to be to start laying eggs??? I have 2 hens and a rooster and they are around 4-5 months old(brother and sisters) and the rooster is trying to mount my hens already??? But no eggs?? I won't incubate the eggs, just eat them. I wouldn't want babies from 2nd generation chicks. Thanks
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    20 weeks is standard but depending on breed and time of year it can be from 16 weeks to almost a year.
    Rooster sometimes mount at quite a young age. If he's really aggressive you may need more hens. 1:10 ratio is best.
    Don't feed layer feed. Your rooster doesn't need it. Keep them on a grower or better yet a finisher feed and provide oyster shell on the side once laying commences.

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