when do hens start laying eggs and how often

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cindipher, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. cindipher

    cindipher New Egg

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    We have 12 hens, 6 bardrock and 6 black sexlinks. We're new to this and are just trying to figure things out.
     
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    Hey @cindipher and I am so happy you joined us here at BYC and I would like to say [​IMG]!
    That is a great question. On average a hen starts laying when she is about 6 months old. This also depends on the size. The bigger the chicken on average the later she will lay. So naturally since Sex Links are smaller than Plymoth Rocks expect them to start laying around 6 months old and Plymoth Rocks sometime after that. If you have any other questions ask us or visit our Learning Center for a bunch of helpful articles here https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center I hope I helped you solve your problem and I wish you and your flock the best of luck and I hope you get a bunch of delicious eggs soon!
    Justin [​IMG]
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. 6 months is a good rule of thumb, but it can vary. The frequency of egg-laying depends on the breed, but again, this can vary within breeds.

    CT
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    How old are your hens? Black sex links are very good layers once they start going.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    5 to 6 months of age is about average for most breeds. Barred Rocks and black sexlinks lay just about every day. But new layers can be very irregular at first.
     
  8. cindipher

    cindipher New Egg

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    Thank you all! I was told they are about 4 months old now. I really appreciate the answers
     
  9. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    Do not mention it I am happy I could help and you should be expecting eggs in a couple months, and I am so excited! If you ever get a egg make sure to post it in our Update forum is you have time
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/40/family-life-stories-pictures-updates
    Have a great rest of the day!
    Justin [​IMG]
     

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