The First Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gracie_Chickie, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. Gracie_Chickie

    Gracie_Chickie In the Brooder

    Sep 22, 2007
    My chickens are about 2 weeks and 1 week old. How many months will it be when they lay their first egg?

    When they lay their first egg will it look normal?[​IMG]
  2. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    20 something weeks till eggs...

    There is a thread of FIRST EGGS somewhere - they're normally smaller - and some have had eggs with no shell - or very thin shell...
  3. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    It usually takes about 18 - 22 wks before a pullet is mature enough to lay, but that is just a guide line. All breeds mature at diff. rates, so it depends on the breeds, their feed, and also their environment. All my pullets are the same age and they are maturing at diff rates even among the same breeds.

    The pullets usually lay small, cute, petite eggs at first that gradually get bigger within 2 - 4 weeks. Sometimes their first egg maybe a very thin membrane egg that is easily popped.

    Since your chics are growing up through the fall and winter months I'm not sure how that will effect when they will begin to lay, maybe a more experienced person can asnswer that question.

    I received my day old chicks on April 11 and they turned 24 wks old on Wed. One of my SLW was the first to lay at 20 wks old, but I have a few SLW and several Ameraucanas that have not begun to lay yet.

    Hope that helps.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: