What is the earliest age you have had a hen start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lisahaschickens, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    I have some chicks that are 4 weeks old and they are my first chickens and I am very excited! I am trying to plan a trip in late spring/early summer to visit some family across the country for a few days. I know the average first laying ages are like 20-26 weeks, right? So, if I were gone when they were 16 weeks, would I be safe for not missing the first egg? The family is trying to get us to come when they are 18-19 weeks, but I feel like that is a little close and I REALLY want to be the one to find the first egg.

    I appreciate anyone's thoughts...
     
  2. tomcio

    tomcio Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first was at 15 and a half weeks.
     
  3. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of chicks do you have?
     
  4. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    15.5! oh no.... boy, I wish I could skip this trip!

    my chicks:

    6 Cuckoo Marans (straight run, still figuring out sexes)
    5 Ameraucana/EE pullets
    3 Buff Orpingtons
    1 Mystery Chick from MM
     
  5. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With those breeds of chickens you probably won't have to worry about them laying at 15 weeks. It will probably be closer to 20 weeks.
     
  6. phoenix rooster

    phoenix rooster Out Of The Brooder

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    red stars started at 14.5 weeks
     
  7. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    ok, thank you chickenfever.
     
  8. jlmann

    jlmann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The ameracaunas may take a bit longer than 20 wks they seem to mature slower than a lot of other birds but the two I have now are very dependable layers of nice size eggs and they both lay an occasional double yolker.
     
  9. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    I second it! You should be ok unless you have been feeding them high protein feed with a grow light on them?
     
  10. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree, my EE hens took about 3-4 weeks longer to start laying than my other hens.
     

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