How long does it typically take for hens to lay eggs

hikechick

In the Brooder
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Feb 27, 2010
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We just brought home adult hens who were laying in the fall, but not much this winter. We added artificial light 3 days ago, their previous owners weren't doing this. I have no idea of when there's even a chance that we'll see our girls give us eggs. Any idea's of what we could expect, days, weeks, months? Thanks for your feedback!
 

Cindiloohoo

Quiet as a Church Mouse
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Dec 19, 2009
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Depends on age and health of the bird and what feed you are giving them. If they have ample calcium/protein etc. could be as early as a few days.
 

Mac in Wisco

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May 25, 2007
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It's best to add the light a little at a time, like the increasing days of springtime. If you add 15-30 minutes a week it should get them going. They are probably stressed out from the move, just give them a few weeks.
 

chicken5

In the Brooder
9 Years
Jan 25, 2010
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I've bought adult hens a couple times. It took a week or two for them to start laying again. I think the move causes some stress, plus I think they need to feel like this is their "home" as well. Just give them a little more time....
 

hikechick

In the Brooder
9 Years
Feb 27, 2010
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We got our first egg TODAY! Only 5 days after we brought them home. Cool!
 

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