how old do chickens have to be until they lay eggs

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sunriserooster1, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. sunriserooster1

    sunriserooster1 Out Of The Brooder

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    i just got some new baby chickens in may 2013 and we do not know when they are going to lay there eggs. please help!! [​IMG]
     
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    It's generally around 20 weeks but some breeds will take longer.
     
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  3. farmgirlroots

    farmgirlroots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls, Buff Orpingtons and Speckled Sussex, started laying at 20 and 21 weeks. I have one Buff still holding out and taking her sweet time still at 24weeks.
     
  4. sunriserooster1

    sunriserooster1 Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you for the great tip i would like more [​IMG] but i think our birds are at 18 weeks
     
  5. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The average for a pullet to start laying is about 22 to 24 weeks.

    What breed or breeds are your pullets?
     
  6. sunriserooster1

    sunriserooster1 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have road island reds, anconas, bantams and some random white and grey,yellow and black chickens.. they are unknown to us because we got them from someone else. We also had a deformed chicken, he was deformed in the leg but he passed away. in total we have 9 now [​IMG]
     
  7. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Different breeds start laying at different ages. You might get lucky and have a pullet start laying at 18 or 19 weeks.
     
  8. sunriserooster1

    sunriserooster1 Out Of The Brooder

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    wow i never knew that thank you for the tips [​IMG]
     
  9. showjumper_girl2002

    showjumper_girl2002 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are 4 months tomorrow and I'm still waiting on them to start. These are my firat chickens so the anticipation is killing me! :lol:
     
  10. depends what breed. usually about 5-6 months
     

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