What is the YOUNGEST a hen will lay an egg????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by palomino777902, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. palomino777902

    palomino777902 In the Brooder

    Oct 7, 2008
    Elizabethtown, PA
    Ok, reading all the first time egg adventures has me really anxious.

    What is the earliest your hens have layed thier first egg?

    Mine are 12 weeks old. I gotta ways to go, don't I?
  2. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    well , I really think that depends sometimes on the breed . I have some RIR'S that are 6 months old and NO EGGS YET . BUT heard same breed started laying for others as yound as 22 weeks .
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2008
  3. palomino777902

    palomino777902 In the Brooder

    Oct 7, 2008
    Elizabethtown, PA
    6 months! Yikes. I'll drive everyone nuts!
  4. cravenchicken

    cravenchicken In the Brooder

    Oct 7, 2008
    6 months is the normal for when they start to lay eggs ?
  5. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    18-22 weeks is the average, depending on breed but I've heard of some laying at 16 weeks, and others taking 8 months.

    Or more.

    Patience is the key. Watch for the girls' combs to turn really red, then start to get antsy. lol
  6. chickenma

    chickenma Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Is there really some thing as patient.
    The waiting is killing me [​IMG]
  7. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Sex-links are generally the youngest to lay and they've supposedly laid at 14 to 15 weeks. I think 15 to 17 weeks is more normal for them. Mine laid at 16 weeks.

    Most other breeds start laying around 20 to 22 weeks with some breeds not starting to lay until closer to 30 weeks!
  8. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    My Red Sex Links and Golden Comets started laying at 15 weeks. Good luck on the waiting. It is worth it when you finally get that first egg. Hope it is real soon for you.
  9. rizq

    rizq Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    If the breeder was accurate with the age of my little Serama pullet, she was 12 weeks old when I got her September 15th (a little over 3 weeks ago). She started laying yesterday, and laid again today! Goood girl [​IMG]

    ETA: She may have been a bit older than 12 weeks when I got her ... I didn't get a hatch date, so the age may have been more estimate on his part.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2008
  10. Kessidy

    Kessidy Songster

    May 13, 2008
    My babies are 20 weeks day after tomorrow. I am waiting with baited breath. I feel your pain!

    I am feeding layer feed and oyster shell. C'mon babies, lay those eggers!

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