When did your hens start laying??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickenkate17, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. Chickenkate17

    Chickenkate17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    I know I'm being impatient (my girls are just over 18 weeks), but I'm trying to predict when the first egg will be. [​IMG]

    What age did your hens start laying at? I'm thinking there's a general range between 18-25 weeks. [​IMG]

    Thanks and Happy Holidays to all! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2010
  2. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH
    One of my BSLs layed at 21 weeks, the other 3 BSLs layed at 25-26 weeks. My 2 EEs started at 26-27 weeks (up to this Tuesday). It seemed like forever, but they're all finally laying! Hope you see some eggs soon! Happy holidays!
  3. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rock Hill,SC
    Generally speaking leghorns,reds,and comets are about 18 weeks

    the others span from 18-28 weeks.
  4. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    EEs, SS, and BRs are all later maturing breeds. EEs especially are known for taking a while. If you posted pics of your girls we could take a guess of how long your wait for eggs will be! [​IMG]

    I got my first egg from my 22 Buff Orp x BR pullets when they turned 19 weeks.
  5. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    I realized I was feeding the wrong feed so it took my girls quite a while, lol. [​IMG] 5 1/2 months was the first, then 6 12, then 8, then 8 1/2 for my EE. Don't worry, it's gotta come out some time.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2010
  6. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    We have 4 Barred Rock's - pics on our page - over 20 weeks old, still no eggs, but they are only getting 10 hours sunlight per day, so they will lay as/when ready. I am putting up lights in their house to give them extra light each day.
  7. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    That is a very loaded question. Of my original flock (1 EE, 1 BR, 1 white leghorn, 1 wellie, 1 RIR), the EE was older than the rest and laid right at 30 weeks. She lays 2-3 days on/1 day off. The BR did not lay until she was 35 weeks. The leghorn laid her first egg at 22 weeks, but only laid for 6 weeks, then became eggbound and died. The RIR and wellie were put down at 32 weeks for other reasons, but neither had developed combs nor wattles and, hence, never laid any eggs.

    I have one EE I bought in November, and she started laying at 27 weeks according to the people I got her from.

    Soooo my girls laid for the first time anywhere between 22-35 weeks. It's so nice now, though, as we are getting 1-3 eggs a day. We have 3 younger girls that aren't old enough to lay yet, but I just realized one of them is almost 23 weeks and will be old enough VERY soon. She's an American gamefowl/EE mix, and it's gonna be interesting to see what her laying habits are and what color eggs she lays.
  8. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    Constantia, NY
    My girls were 27 wks old Monday, and still nothing. I guess I need to have the "chicken pot pie" discussion with them...lol
  9. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2010
    Mine were around 27 weeks.
  10. cheri222

    cheri222 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Erie PA
    Mine are all about 25 weeks and still no eggs but I did add light just this week, so saying my prayers.

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