when do they lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by redsoxrule, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. redsoxrule

    redsoxrule Out Of The Brooder

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    When will my hens start laying?
    Is it affected at all by our Rooster?

    Thanks

    P.S. our rooster is going to a new home on Wednesday:(
     
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Depends on the breed of hen...a rooster may harrass the hen so that she won't lay or hide really well to lay.
    Light breeds, like Leghorns, Polish and Anconas mature early so you can get eggs from them around 18+ weeks.
    Heavy breeds, like Cochins, Brahmas, Rocks and Orps may not lay until they're almost 6 months old.
    Obelisk was hatched on Memorial Day of 03 and she started laying in November.
     
  3. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    My barred rocks were laying at 17 weeks then my buff orps, light brahmas, and RIR, and partridge rocks were laying at about 18+ weeks.

    And as for your roo... no you do not need him for your hen to lay eggs! You just need him for breeding.
     
  4. FrankBlissett

    FrankBlissett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pullets start laying between ~ 4 to 6 months old - with the caveat that if they get to the point that they're ready and it's winter they may hold off till spring.

    -Frank
     
  5. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
    Maine
    My ladies just turned 18wks.. no eggs yet [​IMG]. I agree with the others, depends on the breed. Glad to read from WindyOaksYokes that the BRs were laying at 17, but guess mine aren't going for that!

    I think we are all waiting for our first eggs with baited breath!

    -Meghan
     
  6. hipmarye

    hipmarye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 pullets that are part cochin and 1 that is part ameraucana. They are 23 weeks old and we still haven't seen an egg. I think its because of the shorter days/less light.
    Good luck.
     
  7. Poupoulles

    Poupoulles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Dom's (one of whom may be a Barred Rock) and my Ameraucana will be four months this weekend and still no eggs. How will I know when they start? In case they decide my nest boxes are not to snuff and start laying under the deck, or in some other god forsaken place?
     
  8. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    I have Browns and Blacks and they started at an amazing young 15 weeks. I have noticed that some of them have nice full combs and wattles and others don't. The more full combs and wattles the more eggs I'm getting.
     
  9. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Their combs and wattles and face will get very pink. Their vents, if you wanna get that close to the business end of a chicken, will look moist and pink.
    Another sign is the hen acts like her butt is on fire. She'll go in and out and lay and paceand make all sorts of sounds and generally act like a Leghorn on crack.
     

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