When do hens lay in different states

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sccocker, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. sccocker

    sccocker New Egg

    Jan 27, 2012
    Hi all, New to site, Love it ! I am getting into breeding game chickens and i live in south carolina.Can anyone tell me when my hens should start laying? Thanks
  2. sawmane1

    sawmane1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2011
    Mcminnville, Oregon
    If you give them 12-14 hours of light a day, they will lay all year round unless sick or in molt.
    On that thought, are they in molt? If so they will start laying when molt is over.
  3. DaughterOfEve

    DaughterOfEve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 3, 2009
    Montague, MI
    When they start to lay depends on the breed really. I suppose climate may have a slight bit to do with it but not really. Some will start 4 months (Rhode Island Red, Isa brown) old while others need 6 months. (Orphingtons and Autralorps). And then there are exceptions in every breed. You will notice the girls will squat when you reach out to them, they will be scratching around in the nest boxes. These are your signs that it is getting close.
  4. sccocker

    sccocker New Egg

    Jan 27, 2012
    It dont realy look like the hens are molting yet, But the roosters are for sure !

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