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When will my white leghorn start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by boykin2010, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2010
    South Georgia
    I bought 25 chicks from McMurray hatchery and they arrived on November 12 this year. I ordered a white leghorn pullet and I have never had this breed before. From what others have said, they start laying earlier than other breeds. I was curious, so that is why I ordered one. I am really wanting to know an estimated time when she will start laying so that I can start looking for eggs. Here is a picture of her, to get an idea. I was hoping she would start laying at about 4.5 months but I think it will be longer than that.


  2. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2010
    South Georgia
    Also forgot to mention that that is a red sex link behind the leghorn. She is much bigger than the leghorn but her comb is smaller. People say they start laying pretty early too, but I am not sure. I have been used to waiting 5.5 to 6 months for chickens to start laying. I was hoping these would mature out quicker and surprise me. Anybody know when she might start laying also?
  3. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2008
    the leghorn should start laying at around 16-17 weeks old. the sexlink around 5- 7 months old. i have 9 of each in my flock and they are egg laying machines.
  4. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2010
    South Georgia
    Hmmm so she is about 18 weeks now. I guess I will start looking for eggs although, I still think she has several weeks to go. Her comb is not very large compared to other leghorn hens I've seen.
  5. ceeceeholt

    ceeceeholt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2011
    I have 6 WL and 2 started at 18 weeks and the last one was 28, but I did notice their combs got big and kind of flopped over to the side. I get 5 to 6 white eggs a day now, nice and large! Love my White Leghorns!
  6. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    They usually start to lay at around 18 weeks, but it can be different for each chicken.
  7. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2010
    South Georgia
    Ok thanks! I put some hay in the nesting boxes so I will be on egg watch!
    The leghorn is a lot smaller than the rest of my breeds but I think that is to be expected. They are a smaller breed of chicken. Her comb is definitely the largest though.
  8. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    Mine were around 17-18 weeks when they started laying (with artificial light). My Golden Comets were around the same. My leghorns were laying way before their combs were completely developed, by the way. I'd be looking for an egg any day. Fun!
  9. sirhc76

    sirhc76 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2011
    You need to give them a motivational speech like I have with mine every so often. I used visual aids this time, trust me it works :)


    No those are'nt any of mine going on the BBQ, mine are treated better than my dogs. I had just gathered the eggs which were sitting on the outside table when I went out to put the other chicken on the BBQ.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2012
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  10. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
    Mine was 33 weeks [​IMG]

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