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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by trouthat, Nov 3, 2008.
How old does a chicken have to be when they start laying hteir eggs?
18 weeks is some what normal... but a chicken will lay when it wants Some as early as 17 or earlier or as late as they want.
mine are about 16 weeks old. and they finally have gotten all of their feathers in almost. my femails have theirs but only 1 of my 3 males have theirs.
Quote:16 weeks old and just feathering out? That just doesn't sound right.
I would say between 20 and 24 weeks for most birds...some lay later and some lay earlier but I think the average would be around 20-24 weeks. Mine JUST started laying and they are all 24 weeks. The exception was my sex link, she started at 20
I found my first eggs this week and my chicks are 22 weeks old (RIR, BO, EE, BR). I hadn't finished the nest boxes until this weekend. They are laying in it every morning now. I also found 10 eggs behind a tree today. Thank goodness. Now they can earn their keep.
20-24 weeks usually
When they are good and ready. Mine made me wait for that first egg until they were around 6 months old. And a few of them haven't even started laying yet at that!!
They will lay when they are good and ready. My first was at 17 weeks, my last was 27 weeks.
Mine are 10 weeks and have been fully feathered for a bit now. I have heard that 26 weeks is average, give or take a month or two.