When do they start laying eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tmcmullen, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. Tmcmullen

    Tmcmullen New Egg

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    How old are hens when they start laying? I have 5 that are about 5 months old. Also, do I need to put a light in their coop to extend the "daylight" hours?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello!

    20 weeks is the average age for hens to begin laying, but remember, it depends on the breed. Some breeds can take much longer.

    Artificial lighting does help greatly, during the winter months. Hens need quite alot of daylight (or artificial light) in order to lay.

    What breed do you have?

    Sharon
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    In general larger breeds tend to mature slower than smaller breeds. Also due to the time of year many hens won't start laying until spring depending on your location.
     

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