when do hens start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chick-e-chick, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. chick-e-chick

    chick-e-chick Out Of The Brooder

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    I know that at 12 weeks they aren't ready, but do they have to have the 'crest' and the 'floppy hanging under beak bits' fully grown before they lay?

    Excuse my lack of terminology knowledge!!!!!!!
     
  2. chiknwhisperer

    chiknwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard it was from 12- 18 weeks that they start. I use the same hind of terminology but the word thingy gets used alot.
     
  3. kmhfuzzhead

    kmhfuzzhead Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I am completely new at this so I can't wait to hear the answer to your question! Been wondering that myself, I think my girls are about 12 weeks now!! Excited to see them get ready to lay.
    I love this forum it has answered so many questions I have wanted to ask myself!
     
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    crest = comb

    'floppy hanging under beak bits' = wattles

    When the girls get close to getting ready to start laying, there combs and wattles will go from being pale colored to a bright red color.

    We have Bantams and they began laying at 19 and a half weeks up to 23 weeks old.


    Hope this is some help!


    Dawn
     
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  5. chick-e-chick

    chick-e-chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you Dawn, big help, I knew it was a bit early yet.
     
  6. mipsy6

    mipsy6 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Rhode Island Red started laying at 15 weeks. So maybe you don't have too long to wait.
     
  7. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had a gold sex link that layed at 16 weeks and that's about as early as you will see.Most will not begin to lay until 18 to 24 weeks old.Depending on the time of year and breed some may take as long as 7 to 8 months to come into lay.For instance if you hatched some chicks right now and they would be at laying age in november but the daylight hours are short then, and they may not start to lay until the following spring unless you have artificial light in the coop.
     
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  8. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 7 buff orp hens in which 2 hens started laying this week. 19 weeks and 5 days. Combs and wattles are bright red. The rest are still light pink. John
     
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  9. Ga Chicken Mom

    Ga Chicken Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My BOs, BRs and RIRs started laying around 24 weeks but didn't start laying regularly for another month. They are 1 yr old now, I consistantly get 6 - 7 eggs a day from 8 hens. Seems like it takes forever for the first egg, but what a thrill. We haven't bought eggs for 6 months now and are really spoiled with our delicious cackleberries.
     
  10. kmhfuzzhead

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    I keep hearing that the wattles and crowns will turn a bright red when they are ready to lay...approx. how old is that?
     

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