When did your hen(s) lay their first Eggs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by vortec, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. vortec

    vortec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what age did your hen or hens lay their first eggs. My oldest are 11 weeks so I am so anxious to find my first eggs. Put up as many breeds as you have and their age in weeks. Thanks

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  2. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Normally a hen will lay at 6 months of age, although some will lay a little earlier.
     
  3. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Barred Rocks started at 24 weeks old.
     
  4. cindyanne1

    cindyanne1 Mother Goose

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    I told my husband we likely wouldn't see eggs for at least 5 or 6 months if not longer and he was all [​IMG] about it, lol. And then we'll be going into winter and I'm not planning on doing anything artificial with the lighting, so my thinking is it'll probably be next spring before we really start seeing any eggs.

    I could be wrong, of course, but I like to think on the conservative side. [​IMG]
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    My black and red star hens started exactly on week 20.... Barred rocks and RIRs and PR, WR followed.
     
  6. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
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    Quote:Oh, no! You are doing the Egg Watch thing. Knock it off or you will go CRAZY! [​IMG]

    My Austrolorps started laying at 20 weeks. Cochins around 22 weeks. By 26 weeks, pretty much my entire diverse gang was up & running - Except the Silkies. One girl did not lay until she was about 10 months old. [​IMG]
     
  7. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our latest group of pullets:

    Red Sexlink and BRs - 20-22 weeks
    EEs - 23-24 weeks

    I have had them start as early as 18 weeks
     
  8. silentrunning

    silentrunning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Waiting for that first egg reminds me of being a kid waiting for my birthday. it NEVER gets here! [​IMG]
     
  9. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    My red stars started at 4 months.
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    My first hen to lay was 19 weeks old at the time. The last two to lay were 9 1/2 months (36 - 38 weeks) old. All the same breed. They are very much individuals.
     

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