Egg laying

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by catahoulalil, May 28, 2008.

  1. catahoulalil

    catahoulalil Chirping

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    Hi,

    I'm new to this chicken thing and have allot of questions, like how old does a chicken have to be before she starts laying eggs?

    Thanks,
    catahoulalil

    1 Araucana, 1 Black Austrolorp, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, & 1 Barred Rock
     
  2. My ameraucanas started at around 20-22 weeks. My silkies took longer. They ranged from 7-9 months.

    How old are your girls?
     
  3. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    Normally 4-6 months old
     
  4. Sahara

    Sahara Songster

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    My RIR and Wyandotte started at about 6 months old. I think it varies by breed.
     
  5. How about the sex link breeds? They are mixed!
     
  6. aliena614

    aliena614 Songster

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    my white rocks started at 26 to 28 weeks! Happy waiting!!!!
     
  7. catahoulalil

    catahoulalil Chirping

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    My girls are only seven weeks old and they are so interesting to watch. They each have a distinct personality and they are such clowns!

    Another question - will they automatically know to lay their eggs in the nesting box? They know where it is but I'm not sure they know what it's for yet. Oh, and what's the best material to use inside the hen house -straw, wood shavings, dry bed pellets?

    Thanks,

    catahoulalil

    1 Araucana (Alice), 1 Barred Rock (Bertha), 1 Black Austrolorp (Betty) & 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Sylvia)
     

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