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when do chickens start laying eggs?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by molly, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. molly

    molly In the Brooder

    May 4, 2008
    I am new at raising chickens so, if any one can help thanks
    I have recently gotten two golden comet hens they are about 6 months old I have them on laying feed they have been for about a month . Still no eggs will it be awhile before I get any eggs?
  2. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Hi Molly! Welcome to BYC!

    First of all, I wouldn't have my chickens on laying feed until they lay. They should be on starter/grower until the point of lay and then switch.

    Chickens are all different and while we like to think there is a standard for laying, that doesn't always work. I would think that your chickens should be laying in the next couple of weeks based on their age, but maybe not. Before they lay you will notice their combs becoming extremely RED. They also start doing what we call the "squat". You will know what this is when you see it.

    We have all been where you are waiting, waiting, and waiting for that 1st egg! It is very hard to be patient.

    Hope this helps!
  3. PAJerry

    PAJerry Songster

    Mar 22, 2008
    Waterford, PA
    It should be any time Molly. You will be very pleased with the Comets. They are friendly and very productive birds once they get going. I fed mine layer feed after 18 weeks and they did fine and started laying at 20 weeks.
  4. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Golden Comets (sexlinks) are probably one of the best egg laying breed with a few others. Mine started laying at 16 weeks and gave me almost an egg a day by 17 weeks.

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