when will my 20 week old silkies start to mate and lay ??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kays chicks, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. kays chicks

    kays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When will my 20 weeks cockeral silkie start to do his "husbanly duty"? At what age do they start to mate? i also have a 20 week old silkie hen he will mate with but she hasnt started laying yet either so what age will they get it together , plus when they do start and she lays some eggs how will i know if she is broody and wants to sit on the eggs ??
     
  2. seramachick8

    seramachick8 Out Of The Brooder

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    The average hen will start laying around 6 months old. Some breeds do 5 months and some do 7. They will probably become fertile around a month after they start laying. :)
     
  3. kays chicks

    kays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you seramachick , will the roo mess with the eggs when she does start to lay ? and ive just put a dummy egg in the coop will this help or not ? [​IMG]. its one thing mastering the hatching and keeping chicks and they you forget there is a whole load of other stuff to learn [​IMG]before you can sit back and enjoy [​IMG]
     
  4. MySuburbanLife

    MySuburbanLife Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two silkies-- my buff started laying at 28 weeks, and my black is now 30 weeks and still no eggs. She's annoyingly close, but just won't get the job done... I can't count how many times she's gone into the nesting box and pulled straw up around her only to pop out after 5 minutes and act like nothing ever happened.

    Don't know about roosters, since we're an all-girl flock. Hope you see some eggs (and babies!) soon!
     
  5. kays chicks

    kays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh so it could be weeks then !! ha ha ha ha ha i think you hen is giving you the run around and laughing thinking look at her waiting for my eggs [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  6. seramachick8

    seramachick8 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure about putting the fake egg in the coop! (I'm trying that and having a laying hen with one of my hens) Lately I've had one of my chickens pecking my eggs but i don't think its one of the roosters. I guess if she starts laying and you find a cracked egg you'll know! [​IMG]
     
  7. kays chicks

    kays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IL give anything a try [​IMG] as i cant wait to get my first egg , thank you [​IMG]
     

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