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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by amiel2697, Jun 22, 2011.
when do a white leghorn hen start and stop egg production. thanks.
A well-bred White Leghorn that has been fed and managed well will typically start about eighteen weeks if she was hatched in the winter or early spring. She'll typically lay continuously until late summer or early fall of the following year. Take a short break to molt and grow in a new suit of feathers then go back to laying again. She won't lay quite as much her second year (typically about 80% of what she laid in her pullet year) but what she does lay will be somewhat larger in size.
Of all the chickens I've got, the white leghorns are the fastest to molt. Some of them don't even stop laying while they molt, they just slow down a little. Great egg layers. Mine started laying at about 5 months iirc.