Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MonkeyZero, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Sorry about doulbe posting but

    HI ALL!!!

    Well, when do MOST chickens start to lay eggs? They are about 4 1/4 -5 months old. What will the need to lay?
  2. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Songster

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    Generally it depends on the breed or how big they are going to be. Small breed hens may start to lay around 5 months, and the largest hens may not lay til 8 or so months. I've had hens start as late as 7 1/2 months (Buff Orpingtons)
    Kinda makes sense that larger birds take longer to mature...
    And since we have started into fall, things are a bit more unpredictable. So it also depends on where you live and what the weather is like. I live in a mild northern california climate and my hens are laying like crazy.
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I thought I read here the exact opposite information - that bantys can take much longer to start laying than standards?
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Quote:Someone needs to tell my gang this! [​IMG] They've been giving me eggs since 19 and a half weeks and I suspect one of our Mottled Cochin ladies has decided to go broody on us right at 23 weeks old as of today! She's been on the nest since yesteday morning! [​IMG]


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