How old until a hen begins to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrsgibber, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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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?[​IMG]
     
  2. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it varies on the breed;
    what breed are your pullets?
     
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    I have has some start as early as 5 months and others waited until they were 8 and 9 months. It all depends on the bird.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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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.
     
  5. RW19290

    RW19290 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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. [​IMG]
     
  6. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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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
     
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, you better get the boxes ready. [​IMG]
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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  9. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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! [​IMG]
     

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