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Question about egg laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Grand-hen-ma, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. Grand-hen-ma

    Grand-hen-ma Songster

    Apr 25, 2010
    Hudson Florida
    Can anyone tell me at what age does a hen begin to lay eggs?

  2. Lifetime chicken lover

    Lifetime chicken lover Songster

    Jun 26, 2009
    Rogers, MN
    There have been a number of posts about this. I've seen people say that it depends on the breed and each individual chicken.
    I think anytime from 16-25 weeks, which is a pretty big window.
    My White Leghorn started pretty much on her 16 week birthday, whereas her sister has not started yet (at 18 weeks), nor have my RIR or BO of the same age.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    It does vary widely by the individual. I had 23 pullets. The first started laying at 18 weeks. At 20 weeks two more started. By 23 weeks, two more had started. So at 23 weeks I had 5 laying and 18 not laying. Most had started by 27 weeks.
  4. jennifer@couplandtx.org

    [email protected] Songster

    Apr 10, 2010
    Coupland, TX
    Surprisingly, I have 14 week old white leghorns laying [​IMG] I was and am sooo excited everyday, it's like [email protected]! jennifer

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