when did your hens start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HorseFeathers, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    I'm just curious when your hens started to lay. (Someone was freaked out because their birds weren't laying at 19 weeks.) Please tell us the breed and how many weeks old.

    We have and Aussie, BR, SLW, and Red X link. We also had a RIR. They started from 20-25 weeks.
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    RIRs started around 21 weeks for me, White Rocks 24 weeks, Buff and Blue Orps 24/25 weeks and I have had Light Brahmas that start laying at 6 months...they are a slow to mature breed....
  3. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    My RIR stared laying 2 day short of 21 weeks.
  4. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    I am also curious as to when they lay...I'm beginning to think that none of my pullets will ever lay.

    Do the wattles and combs have to be big? Mine are red and small.
  5. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Songster

    Jun 26, 2008
    Valrico, Florida
    My Coop
    My Black Australorp was the first to lay of the bunch. She started laying at 4 1/2 months and then stoped until 5 months old. She will be 6 months on the 26 of July and she is laying every day now. My Black Sex-Link started laying on July 4th. She is 4 months 1 week old. One of my RIR just started laying on July 6th and she is 5 1/2 months. It just depends on when they are ready to start. I watch for the signs...All of these girls that are laying have large combs and waddles plus watch for them to do the "swat" which means they are sexually mature and ready to lay anytime. Good Luck! [​IMG]
  6. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    My Red Sex-link laid our first egg when she was 17 1/2 weeks old.

    My Australorps and RIR started when they were around 20 to 23 weeks old.

    My SSHamburg started when she was almost 30 weeks old.
  7. palabeco

    palabeco Songster

    Oct 29, 2007
    S.W. PA
    My leghorn just laid an egg at 16 weeeks, although it is not normal, the other leghorn is not laying yet.
  8. caddyeldorado2006

    caddyeldorado2006 In the Brooder

    silver delaware, started laying at 27 weeks, she is now, 36 weeks golden phoenix starting laying at 26 weeks and is now, 48 weeks old.

    but both didnt lay two eggs a day. im glad if i get two eggs a day from both of them everyday. sometimes the phoenix wont lay for 2 days then shes back to egg laying when it passes two days of not laying and im not sure why she does this maybe the weather being too hot.
  9. yellowdragon

    yellowdragon Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Springville, Indiana
    I have New hampshire reds, red sex links, americanas, and buff orpingtons in a pen together about 41/2 months and no eggs yet. Is it normall.
  10. opiyfz450

    opiyfz450 In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2008
    southwestern pa.
    My lt br leghorns and buff orpingtons started laying last week at 19 weeks old

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