What age do chickens begin to lay eggs....

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  1. RJHendrickson

    RJHendrickson New Egg

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    I'm new to the hobby of raising chickens. Mine are 17 weeks old. Wondering if they might lay before winter their first season?
     
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  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and [​IMG] !!

    Your girls are getting close! Depending on the breeds, they could start laying around 18-26 weeks. You can certainly expect them to lay this winter for you.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    X2 Most breeds start laying between 5 and 7 months of age, depending on the breed.

    When the combs and wattles are really full and red, and the birds start to squat for you, the eggs should be coming down the pipes soon. You will then want to get some layer feed and oyster shell from the feed store.

    Yes, they will lay this year for you. :)
     
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Hens start laying between 4-7 months of age.
     
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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Hopefully you will get those first eggs before winter in a month or two!
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Most of my chickens started laying from 20-24 weeks; a few a little earlier, a few a litttle later, so you should be getting eggs before long. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting those eggs.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the flock, what breeds do you have?
     
  8. RJHendrickson

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    Americauna
     
  9. RJHendrickson

    RJHendrickson New Egg

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    Thanks for the welcome and your feedback!
     
  10. RJHendrickson

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    Thanks for the welcome and your feedback!
     

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