When will they lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dcfi20, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. dcfi20

    dcfi20 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2010
    Pine Plains, New York
    Good morning
    I have 14 chickens that i raised from chicks May 2010. when will they start laying. I have been feeding them laying mash and keep a light on 2 hours past sundown. Thank you:)
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Anywhere from about 18 weeks to one year.
  3. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2009
    Leicester, NC
    Quote:Agreed! And since they'll be reaching egg laying age during the winter (assuming of course that you live in the northern hemisphere) it may not be until spring that you start seeing eggs, though added light in the coop may help.

    ETA: How old are they exactly? In terms of weeks? You really shouldn't start feeding laying mash until they approach laying age (ie 18 weeks). The added calcium in layer feed is too high for growing pullets and can cause some serious issues.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2010
  4. forstadt

    forstadt Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 17, 2010
    Providence, Rhode Island
    Chicks hatched in April or May will mature as the days get shorter in the fall. It is actually better for you to let them live in natural light conditions, under which they will mature properly and start laying when they are ready. I have two Leghorns hatched at the end of April and two other hens hatched in May. One of my Leghorns just started laying two days ago. Nothing from the rest yet. Next fall, once you already have an established laying flock, you can start extending their day with artificial light as the days grow shorter in order to keep them laying through the winter:). For now, however, I would definitely recommend cutting out the artificial light. Good luck!

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