When Do Pullets Start Laying Eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ilovefarming, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. Ilovefarming

    Ilovefarming Chirping

    Jun 12, 2014
    My pullets will be 16 weeks old tomorrow. They have not laid eggs yet, and their bodies are small (the full grown hens are a head taller!) and have tiny pale combs. They are clucking normally and have good shiny, feathers. Should they have grown up more by now? Should I include pics?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Depends on the breed and time of year. 16 weeks would be extremely early for any breed, even approaching maturity in spring. Most breeds need to be at least 20 weeks. Maturing in autumn or winter more like 24+ weeks.
    The small pale combs tell you that they're not sexually mature.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2014

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