How long can it take a hen to start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lengel, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. lengel

    lengel Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    My black sex links seem to be taking their time. What's the latest that they can start to lay?

    Edited to say: Maybe I messed up their diet? They are in a chicken tractor eating hay in a field but I started supplementing with layer feed when they were about 14 weeks. When I say supplementing I mean that the food was available but they didn't eat much of it. Would this mess them up? Can I correct it?
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2008
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Pullets shouldn't get layer feed until they start laying. The latest so far for one of my girls was 27 weeks, but I have heard of some that didn't start until 30 weeks. My first was 17 weeks. [​IMG] [​IMG]

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