When will they lay eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stevebarb, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. stevebarb

    stevebarb New Egg

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    We picked up 15 lovely golden sexlink red pullets (and one rooster) three weeks ago today from the local SouthernStates. They all appear to be growing, happy and heathly. Enjoying the new chicken house and fence yard, but no eggs yet. How long will it take?
     
  2. BantamLover21

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    Most chickens begin laying eggs at 20-22 weeks of age, with a few high production breeds starting at 18 weeks. But it varies for each individual chicken; some begin laying early, while others take months to come into lay. Since your pullets are Golden Sex-links, a hybrid known for egg production, I expect that they will begin laying sooner than later.

    Some signs that they're close include reddening/enlargement of the comb and wattles, "squatting" when you reach down to pick them up, frequent exploring of the nest box, and sometimes a change in their noises. If they show at least a few of those signs, then egg production is probably only a few weeks away.
     
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  3. stevebarb

    stevebarb New Egg

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    Thanks for the information. I'm enjoying them without any eggs, they are beautiful and restful to watch.
    Will begin to watch for more signs. Not sure how many weeks old they were when we got them.
     

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