N&MSchroeder

Songster
9 Years
Feb 4, 2011
1,032
26
176
SE Idaho
It depends on the breed. Some of the serious egg layers (leghorns) will lay at around 4 months. The larger breeds lay at 20-22 weeks or later. What kind of chicks do you have?
 

gregnlinda

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 29, 2011
69
0
29
Pacific Northwest
Hi! Nice to meet you. We have 4 cochins, around 10 or so reds as well as 4 austrolorps that are younger than the rest. Cochins are around 11weeks old, as are reds, givej or take
 

teach1rusl

Love My Chickens
10 Years
Jul 28, 2009
10,017
167
356
Floyds Knobs, Indiana
My Coop
My BA began laying aroun 21 weeks (don't have your other breeds). I've read of some breeds laying as early as 17 weeks or so, while others don't start until around 26 weeks - so it varies, even among the same breed. Watch for comb and wattles turning really red, and some squatting behavior when you go to handle them... Egg laying usually starts shortly thereafter....
 
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gregnlinda

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 29, 2011
69
0
29
Pacific Northwest
Thank-you! That's helpful to know. Well, watching them won't be hard! I find it very relaxing and peaceful as they wander the yard!
 

BoltonChicken

Songster
8 Years
Apr 14, 2011
501
9
111
Bolton, Mississippi
Strange, isn't it? Just sitting down watching the little devils doing their own thing is a very peaceful pastime.

When I was a kid there were hundreds, nay thousands of chickens on our farm. I never paid them any more
attention than if they were grass. Now I sit and watch. Amazing what a few dozen years will do for you.
 

gregnlinda

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 29, 2011
69
0
29
Pacific Northwest
So true!
I was raised in town. Never experienced chickens any more than my dinner plate. How wonderful that nature can teach us so much more!
 

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