what is the earliest age you got an egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by I-Have-Happy-Hens, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    what is the earliest age you got an egg?

    My girls are comeing to the point where the should start to lay.

    I want to know how soon you got yours so i know how early to start looking for one.

    Thanks [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2010

  2. eggers85

    eggers85 In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2009
    South Alabama
    One of my girls started last week @ 15 wks. She skipped a few days and now seems daily. Yesterday one of the others started, though it was a strange looking little thing. Hope the oystershell kicks in quick![​IMG]
  3. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    what kind of chicken was it?
  4. countrygirl911

    countrygirl911 Songster

    Jun 17, 2010
    what is the oystershell for
  5. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    My Delaware Cora laid her first egg at 17 1/2 weeks, her second one a few days later.
  6. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Songster

    Jun 11, 2010
    Most chickens start laying between 16 and 20 weeks. The oyster shells are for calcium.
  7. poodlepill

    poodlepill Songster

    Feb 27, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    YAY my first batch of pullets (2-SLW, 1-RIR, 2-BR 1-BO) are 18 weeks old tomorrow!!! I think the BR's are winding up

  8. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    I had one at 16.5 weeks - an EE.
  9. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Average is 24 weeks, believe that or not.

    Just a quick comment - don't be in too big of a rush for them to lay - not trying to throw a wet blanket out there, but if they begin laying too early, you can have laying issues later on such as prolapse and internal laying. So...best to leave them on chick feed or flock raiser until you see that first egg!

    ETA: I have a beautiful Wheaten Ameraucana that is 43 weeks old tomorrow and has still not laid. Sigh.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2010
  10. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Maine, USA
    Quote:The oyster shell is to give the hens extra calcium. The calcium helps the egg shells to be stronger so they aren't mis-shappen or so they don't crack as soon as they are layed (which can encourage egg eating chickens) and such.

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