When will my big chicks start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by adcockfarm, May 28, 2017.

  1. adcockfarm

    adcockfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! we have two big chicks, and we would like to know when they will start laying eggs. One is a white leghorn, and one is a black australorp. thanks!
     
  2. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Usually at around 6 months of age.
     
  3. Lady Watcher

    Lady Watcher Out Of The Brooder

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    How old are your chicks? My white leghorn started laying around 5-6 months and my Australorp in about the 6th month.
     
  4. adcockfarm

    adcockfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i know the exact some where but i think the leghorn is 20 weeks and austrralorp 3 months
     
  5. Abriana

    Abriana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually around eighteen weeks but it depends on the bird and they can begin earlier or later.
     
  6. adcockfarm

    adcockfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    our leghorn isn't even squatting yet...
    does that mean she'll be late?
     
  7. lutherpug

    lutherpug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    18 weeks sounds early to me....the earliest one of my chickens started laying was at 21 weeks. I think my Australorp was closer to 24 weeks or so. No experience with Leghorns.

    Unfortunately, they'll start when they are ready! All of mine squatted before they started laying but I've heard of chickens who never squatted also.
     
  8. Mace Gill

    Mace Gill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    16 weeks at the VERY, VERY earliest, but that would be unusual. One of my Australorps started at 19 weeks, it was a solid week before we got a second egg, and the rest followed right after that.
     

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