how old before they start laying

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by jksranch, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. jksranch

    jksranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 black Spanish hens and 2 Narragansett toms all hatched in July 2012. How old do they need to be to start laying??
     
  2. Usually 6 or 5 1/2 monthes and over
    My chicken started laying in the starting a September but my other chicken starting laying in February
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Chickens - normally 20 weeks or more.
    Toms don't lay eggs.
     
  4. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, Toms do not lay eggs, I think we all know that! Chickens will start laying at 20 weeks, or 4 1/2 months for some chicken breeds, 6 to 7 months for others, but Heritage turkeys mentioned here take 8 to 9 months to lay and up North they are seasonal layers, like water fowl. In Southern Texas, these 2 breeds should start laying the end of March or April. In the South, turkeys will lay an egg almost every day until they start to molt in September, then start laying again, the following December! That is my experience with White Hollands, at least.
     
  5. jksranch

    jksranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know the tom's won't lay I was just getting anxious for some turkey eggs to incubate. [​IMG]
     
  6. jksranch

    jksranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Finally!!! At least one hen has started to lay. I'm getting an egg a day, so they each laying every other day or 1 is laying everyday. Now my problem is they lay next to the nest box in the mud not in the nice clean nest box. If I put hay on the ground where they lay the hens scratch it around and still seem to get the egg in the dirt!!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. daniel rainey

    daniel rainey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    around 6 mounths from experience but turkeys can tend just knot to lay if the weather dosnt meat there demands! unfortunitly
     

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