When will my hens start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Farmergyrl23, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Farmergyrl23

    Farmergyrl23 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 5 chickens, they were born on August 3rd. We recently discovered that we have 3 roosters and 2 hens! Our hens are Rhode Island Reds, when will they start laying? Also, will all eggs be able to be eaten even if they are fertilized? This is our first time with chickens and I'm not really sure what to expect. Thanks!
     
  2. EEBLACKCOPPERMARAN

    EEBLACKCOPPERMARAN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am waiting on mine and they were born in may.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd say you still have a little while until they start laying, but I've never had RIR. As far as the eggs go, you sure can eat them. In fact, most people can't even tell a fertilized egg from an unfertilized egg. Good luck!
     
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  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    most breeds start at 20 weeks or so. get out your calendar.
    declining light prolongs it, increasing light stimulates laying.

    I wouldn't look for eggs before the first of the year but have nest boxes ready just in case.
     
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  5. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will start laying when you give up hope of ever getting an egg LOL.
    Kidding, Usually between 18 &25 weeks good luck!
     

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