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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kane, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Kane

    Kane Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens are 3 1/2 months old. No eggs. When should I start expecting them??
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Well, when they are around 20 weeks, give or take a few weeks. Some breeds start laying quicker than others. I've had some hybrid layers start as early as 17 weeks, and then I've had some large breeds, like Marans, start at around 25 weeks.

    Some of the signs you'll notice that mean egg laying will start soon are, the hen's will "squat" when you reach out to pet them. That's a sign of maturity, meaning they think you are their rooster and are submitting to you. Also, their combs and wattles get redder. They may fuss around the nesting boxes for a while too, without laying an egg.
     
  3. Kane

    Kane Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!!!!!![​IMG]
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    You are welcome! Waiting for that first egg is like waiting for Christmas! I've got some new hens (I've kept chickens 3 years now), and I'm waiting for them to start laying.....It's still exciting!
     

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