What age do Silkies start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Godiva, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. Godiva

    Godiva Songster

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    Hi, almost all my chickens are laying now! Except for my silkies. No sign of it yet. How old are they generally when they start laying? Are they late maturers?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    It depends on the lines of your silkie. Many of the show quality or better quality birds won't lay till they are 7 if not 8 months old. Now I have pet quality hatchery stock... they lay between 5-6 months old.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I've heard more than one person say theirs began laying after nine months old.
     
  4. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    NY
    The soonest one of mine laid was 5 1/2 months the latest was 11 months.
    BUT ON AVERAGE BETWEEN 7/9 MONTHS.
     
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  5. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Mine were close to 9 months, but now they are little laying machines! [​IMG]
     

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