Chicks born in October start laying . . . ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by OC Chick, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. OC Chick

    OC Chick In the Brooder

    Hi All! Happy New Year! I am a first time chicken owner. I have 2 Australorps & 2 EE's that were born October 5th and are currently 12 1/2 weeks old. I am curious if any of you have experience raising fall chicks and know when I could realistically start hoping to see eggs. They will be 20 weeks old on February 22, which I think is the earliest hens start laying? The anticipation is killing me - seriously I'm like a kid counting the days till Christmas. Because they were born in the fall, I don't know if it will take longer than normal to see eggs due to daylight hours still being shorter than someone raising spring chicks (I'm located in Southern California). It would be good to have a realistic time frame to start anticipating eggs (I may or may not be possibly making a paper chain to count down the days to the first egg lookout [​IMG]). I definitely don't want my girls laying before they are maturely ready, I think I just need a reality date (fingers crossed "wish upon a star") that I could safely anticipate finding gold in the nest box. Any info or experience with raising fall chickens would be greatly appreciated. I might need to join a 12 step egg anticipation support group! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2017
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    My fall hatched pullets seem to start laying at the same age as my spring hatched chicks, around 20 weeks give or take.
  3. OC Chick

    OC Chick In the Brooder

    Awesome donrae! Thank you for giving me some hope!!![​IMG]
  4. pineapple416

    pineapple416 Songster

    Aug 9, 2014
    Western Washington
    I have 2 Australorp hens and an EE hen as well, and they began laying at around six to eight months old. I would guess that yours will start laying in April or May.

  5. OC Chick

    OC Chick In the Brooder

    Willow, Piper & Amelia are BEAUTIFUL! Willow looks just like my Olive. Thanks for the information. The waiting is killing me!!!

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