When will my chickens lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by willowbranchfarm, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    My chicks are 3 weeks old and I got them at the end of September. When will they lay? I've been told at 6 months they will lay, but since mine are going to be still in winter at 6 months will it take them longer to lay? [​IMG] Thanks
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    What breeds do you have? Some of the less productive breeds will take longer to lay, but production pullets won't be terribly affected by winter conditions. At least that has been my experience. I keep mostly production birds and they lay like troopers regardless of light conditions when they first start out. As they age they tend to be more affected by winter's low light.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

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    They might not even lay in winter...
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    First year pullets normally lay right on schedule, a schedule appropriate to their breed, of course.
    In your signature, you give the breeds you have, right? If so, I'd not be surprised to see you start getting eggs in spring. I love September chicks for that reason. Start looking for signs of maturity, ie; red combs/wattles and perhaps some squatting at the end of February to early March. By Easter, you'll be swimming in eggs. [​IMG]
     
  5. daver

    daver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our BOs started laying at 25 weeks, can't speak for your other breeds.

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  6. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    most breeds lay around 6 months old some earlier some later but 6 months is average i would say. my black australorp layed at 30 weeks.and my b.os layed around 23 to 25 weeks and my slw layed around the same time my b.o's did. the weather shouldnt effect them to much depending on the climate where your at. if its colder where your at the weather might slow them down just make sure they get enough sunlight. when they squat you will get eggs pretty soon after that, but there 3 weeks old you have time to enjoy them as babies i know you will miss it once they're grown up lol.
     
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  7. willowbranchfarm

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    Yeah those are my breeds. I think they will be laying. But I've heard that orpington start late. Is that true?
     
  8. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Australorp girls didn't start till around 24 weeks...gorgeous hens, love them...one insists on laying one every day, under the roost...!

    They are said to be GREAT layers, and should lay in the winter...with the shortening days, you may have to wait till spring...

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  9. willowbranchfarm

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    Do the australorp chicks have red combs/wattles when they are young? Cause one of mine does and I'm scared it might be a roo. [​IMG]
     
  10. willowbranchfarm

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    Do the australorp chicks have red combs/wattles when they are young? Cause one of mine does and I'm scared it might be a roo. [​IMG]
     

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