When do the eggs start?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by farmerbly, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. farmerbly

    farmerbly In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2012
    Is there any way to tell when a hen is going to start laying eggs? I have two Americanas that look to be about 20-24 weeks old? Not laying yet.

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    The chickens you have, I suspect, are usually late starters. I think mine started around 28 to 30 weeks. When they're getting near laying, their combs will get redder, and they may start "squatting" for you -- flattening down to the ground and spreading her wings a bit as you approach, a sign a pullet gives that she's willing to mate.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2012
  3. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    2 of my Easter Eggers (Americanas) have been laying since just shy of 19 weeks. The Welsummers with the big combs however, are 22 weeks and nothing. It really doesn't depend as much on the breed as the individual chicken. Good luck with your wait!

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