Hens should be laying by now

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MyLuvlyChix, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. MyLuvlyChix

    MyLuvlyChix Hatching

    Sep 4, 2012
    We bought baby chicks this spring. They haven't begun laying yet, and they are about 20 weeks old now. We have 3 buckeye and 3 brown leghorn hens. It has been a very humid summer in Wisconsin this year. Why aren't my hens laying yet?
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Chickens usually start laying around 5-7 months old, so yours are actually at the early end of that spectrum for now, so I wouldn't worry yet. Buckeyes, being dual-purpose birds, will probably take at least a couple more weeks to begin. Brown Leghorns should start laying before them, probably in a couple weeks as well.

    When they get close to laying, they'll begin "squatting" for you when you reach down to pick them up/pet them, and their combs and wattles will get larger and redder.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2014
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    The simple answer as to why they are not laying yet is that they are not ready yet. At 20 weeks of age you are just on the early end of the time frame in which you might expect to start seeing eggs. It may actually be weeks yet and you would still be in the normal time range for them to start laying.

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