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When do pullets start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by marlene, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. marlene

    marlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have bought 2 pullets, they are around 16/18 weeks. I have read on here that when their faces start to turn quite red they will soon start laying, their faces are quite red so when can i expect them to start ? Here is a pic of them yesterday, not very good as they would not keep still to pose lol.
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  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Normally, around week 20. Should they begin a touch earlier, you'll be happy and should they not until week 23-24, you'll be OK. In other words, they lay when they lay.
     
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  3. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    5-6 months is generally a good bet for pullets to begin laying, give the larger breeds a bit more time to mature. You're also beating the sun this time of year, so they may be mature enough, but not have enough daylight hours to actually go into lay without supportive light.
     
  4. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my experience....when they freaking feel like it. LOL

    Sorry not to be a downer. I have a 6 month old pullet that has had a super red face for 3 MONTHS and still no eggs.

    I've noticed most hatchery hens are right around 20-24 weeks.....everyone else is when they get around to it.
     
  5. cambriagardener

    cambriagardener Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think you've gotten your question answered. It does vary according to breeds and time of year. You'll have those beautiful eggs in a month or so. Until then, just enjoy those beautiful hens. [​IMG]
     
  6. marlene

    marlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the replies. The farm said some were already laying, will just have to wait it out lol.
     
  7. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hen in my avatar wasn't yet laying when I took that picture, so the red face and developed wattles and comb don't necessarily mean it's *that* close. She waited another month!

    Going by what I've read on here, and my own limited experience with only three hens, they'll start laying anywhere from 18 - 30 weeks (some can take up to a year), depending on the breed, health, time of year, when the hen decides she wants to, good ol' Mother Nature, and of course Murphy's Law, which round here means the more you want it to happen, the longer you'll have to wait! LOL
     
  8. Manningjw

    Manningjw Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Quote:One of our 9 chickens started laying at 18.5 weeks roughly. It took nearly a full month for another to start laying with her. All 9 have roughly the same hatch day and now 7 weeks later (25.5ish weeks old) only 5 of our 9 chickens have started to lay eggs.

    Hang in there. If they lay before 24 weeks old that is great! You are right though, when they start to develop the red waddles and comb they are reaching maturity. Some of our pullets have been at the stage for 2+ months without laying however.
     

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