What Age Do Chickens Start To Lay Eggs & Roo's Become Daddies?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 1234duck, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. 1234duck

    1234duck Songster

    I've noticed my 5 month old Roo trying to mate with the 5 1/2 month old chickens. Can i expect eggs or babies any time soon? Thanks, ~Julie~ [​IMG]

  2. christineavatar

    christineavatar Songster

    May 1, 2011
    Bolinas, CA
    I don't think that having a rooster 'do the do' with the hen brings on egg laying. The hen will start laying when the eggs develop internally. The roo is just being an adolescent boy 'exercising' his instincts.
  3. 3chimama

    3chimama Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    They should start laying around 20-22 weeks or so....
  4. chick4chix

    chick4chix Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    So Cal
    When your girls are ready they will lay- I had one start at 21 weeks old and another not until 32 weeks old! They are all different. About hathing chicks- if your roo is actively mating your girls, when they lay- the eggs will be fertile, but you'll have to either have a "broody" or an incubator to get babies- the girls will not just automatically sit on them, and some will never do so.
    Congratulations though- they are close to laying age- you should be getting eggs soon [​IMG]
  5. 1234duck

    1234duck Songster

    I guess i should have asked one question at a time. lol I know about the broody hen part and i know how to incubate/hatch the eggs, just didn't know the age of when a hen starts to lay eggs for the first time. }}}So she doesn't start to lay eggs till approx. 5 months old or a little older(20-32 weeks old). Is there a certain age for the rooster also? (I had just noticed a couple days ago, him trying). ~~My chickens(4 hens, 1 roo /20-21 weeks old & 1 adult roo) Are Currently All Eating Flock Raiser, WHEN Should i Switch to the Laying/ Layena?) ? Thanks, ~Julie~
  6. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Songster

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    I would switch to layer food now.

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