WHEN DO HENS START LAYING EGGS?!?!?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Plymouthroxgal, May 22, 2008.

  1. Plymouthroxgal

    Plymouthroxgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well Because i Know That my Hen Is Going to Have Fertile Eggs . So Im waiting for lil pitter patters of lil chicken feet.Also I wanna Know when the eggs will come , how long the hen has to sit on them and do i have to keep them under a encubater???
    [​IMG] sorry im new in the chicken business Lol
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    At about 17-22 weeks of age.
     
  3. Plymouthroxgal

    Plymouthroxgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh is that for all breeds? Because i have plymouth rocks and sexlinks
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Yes. That is for all breeds, some around around 17 weeks, others are around 22 weeks.
     
  5. tnkinhunting

    tnkinhunting Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on the breed but around 6 months of age is probably a decent average. The eggs normally take 21 days to hatch - from time of incubation - that's up to her. She will normally lay a clutch - 10 or more eggs, then begin setting full time. That is when incubation starts. Good luck. Hope you have many little chicks soon.
     
  6. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
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    Some of the breeds that mature real early might start laying as early has 16 weeks, but sometimes they may be 25 weeks are older before they start laying.

    They will usually sit on around 12 eggs or just under that amount. It depends on the size of your hen. It takes 21 days for them to hatch, if you are letting the hen hatch them you will not need a incubator.

    What kind of hens do you have? Some breed don't go broody often.
     
  7. Plymouthroxgal

    Plymouthroxgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I might have 1 red sex link and 1 or 2 white plymouth rocks
     
  8. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    oh is that for all breeds? Because i have plymouth rocks and sexlinks

    I ain't sure about plymouth rocks, but I don't think red sex links go broody often. Since they are a production breed they just about have had being broody bred out of them.

    Good luck when you do have a hen go broody!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Its not a great idea to hatch out the first couple of months of eggs - the eggs (pullet size) are not as big and robust as a seasoned laying hen.

    Most folk wait till the hen has been laying a while before trying to hatch.

    Good luck - And you can always buy an incubator and buy eggs on line to incubate!
     
  10. Plymouthroxgal

    Plymouthroxgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah i looked it up they said the first few eggs are small [​IMG]
     

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