When will they being to lay ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by OHChick, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. OHChick

    OHChick Songster

    May 8, 2007
    My NH Reds will be 13 weeks on Tuesday. I'm still giving them medicated chick feed, they are not nearly as large as my neighbor's NH Reds. I'm thinking I read 20 weeks, but sounds like some of you guys are getting eggs as early as 15-17 weeks.
    Any experience with this type of bird? Their coop is not done yet, DH has been really busy lately and not able to finish it. If they start laying in their temporary home is it hard to retrain them for their new digs ?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I dont have that breed....but my Buff Orps are 22 weeks old tomorrow...and have not layed yet!
    If your start laying before the coop is done....I would think you could retrain them to a new nest...with fake eggs maybe. Good luck...and tell DH....there is a nice T BONE on the grill, when he is finished!
  3. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    My RIR just started this week, week 21

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