Silver Spangled Hamburg- When do they start to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Justuschicks, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. Justuschicks

    Justuschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a silver spangled hamburg hen, she is close to 30 weeks old and is still not laying eggs. All the other hens I purchased at the same time started laying a month or more ago. (Barred Rock, Minorca, Ameraucana) Does anyone know the average age they start laying? I think her molt mixed with the cooler weather may delay her further.
     
  2. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    I'm not sure if there is any specific time they are gonna lay, each is an individual. We've got a 30 week old Black star that hasn't laid yet either, her 4 sisters have been laying daily for 2 months, go figure!
     
  3. Cat Water

    Cat Water That Person

    Jul 4, 2010
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    I am pretty sure it depends on the bird. Some can start at 12 weeks, or as late as 35 weeks. She might just wait to lay in the spring. They stop laying in the cold weather. BTW, [​IMG]
     
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  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Quote:Mine started laying around the 22nd-23rd week. My Hamburgs have layed eggs in cool weather but once they're in moult, forget it, no eggs for quite awhile. (Depends on how long the moult is as well.)
     
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  5. Justuschicks

    Justuschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info. It is hard to know if she is molting because I haven't noticed many feathers lost...just a lot of feathers growing in around the time my other girls started to lay. I wouldn't be surprised if she is so wigged out to the point that she won't lay. She is so easily scared. My daughter and i were laughing at the thought of having a large flock of them. They would be in a constant sprint running away from each other. I know she will lay when she feels it is right for her. Thanks again!
     
  6. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    My hen started at 18 weeks
     

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