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Got my chickens today - when will they start to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by phunk, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. phunk

    phunk Hatching

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    I got 3 rhode islands corssed with light sussexs today and there busy settling in now. Apparently they are 19 weeks old, when will they start to lay?

    And ive only got 1 nest box is that okay
     
  2. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    1 nest box should be ok. I think one nest for 3 to 4 hens is the norm. I think they should start laying around 24 to 26 weeks. Could be sooner or a little longer. Sometimes a new home will upset them a little and slow things down.

    Let us know when you get your first egg and have fun with your girls. [​IMG]
     
  3. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Songster

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    They should start laying in about 6 weeks. Give or take a week. 1 nest box will be enough for 3 hens. Although 2 would be better just in case 2 hens needed to lay at the same time.
     
  4. phunk

    phunk Hatching

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    Maize layed her first egg yesterday! Havnt had any more today tho [​IMG]
     
  5. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Songster

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    Quote:Go Maize! [​IMG] It might take a while for her and the others to get going good. She might not lay again for a few days.
     

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