just wondering ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pedro24, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. pedro24

    pedro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i was just wondering how old does a
    hen have to lay egg (now ive heard
    that a bird has to be like 7-10 months
    old but im still not sure
     
  2. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

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    It depends on the breed. Sex links can lay as early as 16 weeks, though most breeds will lay at 20 weeks or later. Silkies can take upwards of 6 months to start laying.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    It depends on the breed and the individual hen. It is possible for a hen to lay as early as 16 weeks, whether or not they are sex links, but that is pretty rare. Some don't ay until they are about a year old. I had 23 pullets, various breeds. The first one started laying at 18 weeks. At 20 weeks two more started laying. At 23 weeks, two more were laying, which means 18 were not laying at 23 weeks. By 27 weeks most were laying.
     
  4. pedro24

    pedro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine are black new jersey giants and there 3 hens
    and they are about 4-5 months old


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  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    The Black Jersey Giants are a breed that is slow to mature, so expect yours to be later than most.
     
  6. pedro24

    pedro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok um do you know how long it will takes
    a barred rock to lay eggs i just got some
    today they're 1 months old and ok i guess
    im going to have to wait for eggs from those
    black new jeresy giants [​IMG] thanks for the info
    so far though Ridgerunner
     
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