when can I expect my first eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by shend, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. shend

    shend Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2010
    west michigan
    My girls were born (hatched!) March 18th. They are 3 months, 1 week old. When can I expect them to start laying?

    Also, do the easter eggers get combs? The RIR and BR have the beginnings of combs, but not the 2 easter eggers.

    Anyone know?
  2. hlf1996

    hlf1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    They should start laying at about 6 months old. My younger flock was born on the 30th, a week after yours! And I cant wait for them to start laying [​IMG]
  3. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    You are about half way there, figure around mid sept. The ee comb is a pea comb which is usally fsairly flat, the roos though usually develop a pink comb by this time.
  4. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2010
    Bucks County, PA
    I just looked back at my records. My barred Rocks and Easter Eggers were the first ones in my flock to start laying. First BR egg was at 21 weeks. The second BR started laying at 23 weeks and then my EE joined the club at 24 weeks.

    Don't expect to get eggs until 6 months and you may end up being pleasantly surprised a little earlier. All the breeds you mentioned are breeds (well EE's not a breed) that come to point of lay at the earlier end of things, but there are a lot of factors including their general health and living environment and just the genetic make-up and health of the individual bird. Just like people, birds start ovulating at slightly different ages. 6 months is considered the norm for chickens, though some cross-breeds may start as early as 15 or 16 weeks, and some heavy breeds not til closer to a year.

    The first egg is like a present. You will feel like you gave birth or something. Waiting can be agony, but sooner or later you will be there. There is a first egg thread that is lots of fun when you get closer to the 6 month mark. Hope you don't get too impatient waiting.

    ETA Don't expect them all to start laying at once. My flock took 2 months from the time the first one started til the last one started.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011
  5. shend

    shend Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2010
    west michigan
    Thanks, guess I am being impatient. They are still lots of fun anyway! I let them out of the run for part of the day and my cats are just amazed at them. They'll lay in the grasses like they are stalking them but as soon as the chickens come near, the cats run off. So far, they all get along well.

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