If I get chicks June 8th, will I get eggs this year?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sheeshshe, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2009
    or will they not start laying until next spring?

    we're going on a vacation in May, so I didn't think it would be wise to get the chicks now.
  2. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2009
    Oh and I'm in southern maine.
  3. Lots A Cluckin

    Lots A Cluckin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2012
    most likely not unless your hens are very good for laying in the winter months...because hens start laying at around 18-20 weeks of age and most lay a very little amount or none in the winter...and since your chicks will be at the laying age in the winter months and it will be there fist time laying I would say no they will not lay...you will have to wait until next spring.
  4. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2009
    OK, that is what I thought. GRR. LOL! hmmm. Now, if I got them next week or this weekend, they wouldn't have enough time before our vacation may 12th to be outside, correct?

    I have 5 other chickens already, so they'd be with them. (have to get them used to each other and all that jazz) IDK, I don't think it can be done. they'd only be 7 weeks old.. no outside until at least 8 right? (they'd share the coop... but I could maybe section off a place for them only, but it is sketchy.
  5. ceeceeholt

    ceeceeholt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2011
    My chicks born last June started laying the day after Christmas, she was an EE. The rest waited until Jan and first of Feb. I'm in Alabama, so I'm sure it's different, but I moved my babies out 2 weeks ago and they were 5 weeks. They do have their own place though. They are now 7 weeks and "they" are babysitting my hurt 40 week old WL and doing a very good job! Good luck with yours!
  6. Othylocke

    Othylocke Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 18, 2010
    Dothan, AL
    Considering Alabama summer this year started in February and our winter probably won't start until mid November...

    Move to Alabama :)

    This year always proves my Four seasons of the South.

    Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer, and Christmas.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2012

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