Signs of Laying??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jonesiegirl, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. jonesiegirl

    jonesiegirl Hatching

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    I have 15 pullets- all 12-13 weeks old. Wondering when they'll start laying, its for a school project and if so are there signs i should be looking for??
     

  2. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    Depends on the breed. The general accepted starting week is week 20, but commercial layers can start anywhere from 17 weeks and up! I have a few that are over 30 weeks that haven't started yet.

    They will lay when they want to, and not a minute before.
     
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    As for signs:

    If you feel around their vent, their pelvis will widen, their vents will be moist and oval. They will begin to squat. Mine have all tested out the nesting boxes at least a few days, if not weeks before laying. On the day OF, I notice a lot of nervous pacing and loud whining coming from the hen in question.
     
  4. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Songster

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    I have 5 chickens, 1 started to lay around 25 weeks, the other 4 were closer to 31 weeks before they layed their 1st egg. About 2 weeks before they started laying they would start to squat and they also became very chatty.
     

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