When should they start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Charlene1234, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Charlene1234

    Charlene1234 In the Brooder

    May 11, 2008
    We got a variety of chickens this year. 3 RIR, 3 BR, 4 EE, 2 BSL and then a couple weeks later we got 2 SLW.

    The main group is 16 weeks old now. When should they start laying?? We're so anxious for them to lay. Will they lay in their hen house or will they lay in the bushes where they've been resting during the day?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    20 to 25 weeks.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Usually about 20, can be as late as 8 months in some breeds, your's are pretty much production types, expect 20-24 weeks.

    Golf balls in nest will encourage nest laying, cooped up with run for a few weeks a onset of lay will encourage them to lay inside.

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