Laying Chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickieGirl1979, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. ChickieGirl1979

    ChickieGirl1979 Out Of The Brooder

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    At what age do chickens start laying eggs??
     
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls I'll be back after Christmas Premium Member Project Manager

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    I believe they start around 20 weeks. (depends on their food and breed)

    Do you have some hens?
    How old are they?
     
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    We have some hens that will be 17 weeks in Saturday, July 23. We have Rhode Island Reds, Silkies, Bantam Black Laced Gold Wyndottes, Mili Fluer, and Bantam Leg Horns.
     
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    KikisGirls I'll be back after Christmas Premium Member Project Manager

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    Awesome you have a great mixture!
     
  5. jpalmatier83

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    This may sound pretty random, but...

    All my chickens (white leghorns, BSLs, RSLs, and 2 unknowns) started laying between 14 and 16 weeks. The general consensus I've gotten from personal anecdotes and research says that 14 is uncommon, 16-20 is early, 18-24 is normal, but 24+ happens and isn't anything to be concerned about.

    Watch for "the squat" and other egg laying behaviors. When you see it it'll be ~a week.
     
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    Thank you. I just didn't know when to "expect" eggs from the older girls.
     
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    Thanks. They are all so different and pretty. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     

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