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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Grand-hen-ma, Jul 22, 2010.
Can anyone tell me at what age does a hen begin to lay eggs?
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.
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.
Surprisingly, I have 14 week old white leghorns laying I was and am sooo excited everyday, it's like [email protected]! jennifer