How old until a hen begins to lay?

mrsgibber

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Jun 3, 2008
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This is probably out there, but I can't find it....but I have five month pullets and would like to know when I should expect to see them start laying?
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
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Nov 9, 2007
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Depends on the breed and somewhat on the individual chicken. Five months is a very loose rule of thumb. A few early bloomers will go earlier than that, some will be much later.
 

RW19290

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Oct 1, 2008
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An egg layer breed usually starts to lay around 5-6 months of age. Some take longer than others. I've heard that silkies will start laying at 1 YEAR OF AGE.
 

mrsgibber

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11 Years
Jun 3, 2008
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Oh great, then it could be any time now. I have five that include:

Rhode Island Red
Buff Orington
Ameracuna (spelling?)
Austerlop
Partridge Rock
 

mrsgibber

Songster
11 Years
Jun 3, 2008
674
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141
Bolton, CT
Ok, now I'm even more excited....I thought I was gonna be waitin' a few more months at least. Glad I started them on oyster shells right away!
 

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