When do my hens start laying eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rmull0717, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. rmull0717

    rmull0717 In the Brooder

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    I have a sexlink, EE, and 2 welsummers. What age should they start laying?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! It's hard to predict exactly...some breeds start quite a bit sooner than others. A good round average might be around the 6 month mark. Good luck to you!
     
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

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    Hello! Agree with red, there are a lot of factors beyond breed and every bird is an individual. 24 weeks is considered a good average but anywhere from 4-8 months would be in the perfectly normal range for your birds. Good luck!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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  5. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  6. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

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    When I got my pullets I was told 5 months, but it's so much more complicated than that lol You have been giving good advice above :) I've had one start laying at 17.5 weeks and another start at 18.5wks. Now I've received 5 eggs from the first chicken and just 1 from the 2nd (they turned 19wks old today). And even if they start that doesn't mean they won't stop right after-wards.
     

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