What age do chickens start to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Maryallison77, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    Fountain, Florida
    Hi there! Just wondering the age of egg laying. Is it 4 months old? I have Bantams, Cochins, Silkies & Frizzles. I have other too, but I'm not as advanced as most of you and can't remember all the breed names, Sorry! [​IMG] My oldest group are 2 1/2 months old. Should I get nestboxes ready for them before they lay?

    Thanks, MARY
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    most start around 18 weeks(41/2 months) so you still have some time, your production (leghorn/redstar/blackstars) will usually start sooner by a couple of weeks, and your bigger breeds Orps/brahma's usually start a couple weeks later,(sometimes a couple months later)
  3. barred rock

    barred rock In the Brooder

    i have barred rocks and black stars that are 4 months old and they havent started laying yet i put litter in my laying boxes and put a few golf balls in to "promote" laying and they havent even considered laying from what i can tell
  4. BrambleCreekFarm

    BrambleCreekFarm In the Brooder

    May 17, 2008
    Concord GA
    Hi Someone else asked a similiar question a few weeks ago and one of the more interesting answers was - "a few weeks after the roosters hit puberty (i.e. try to mate) you can expect the pullets to start laying". I guess the boys mature a little sooner than the girls

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