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When will they start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jessleeh, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. jessleeh

    jessleeh Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2011
    North SF Bay Area
    My oldest girls are 15 weeks now... when will they start laying? Do different breeds start at different ages?
    Thanks in advance!
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Depends on the breed.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Average? 19 weeks. Some breeds will be sooner, and many will be later. When their faces get blood red, and you see squatting behavior, you're getting closer.
  4. jessleeh

    jessleeh Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2011
    North SF Bay Area
    I have a Welsummer, Buff Orpingtons, GL & SL Wyandottes, a Barred Rock, & an EE.
  5. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Hi Jessleeh,

    I think that you are right that different breeds generally will sart laying at different times.

    15 weeks is early for even the earliest of breeds, that I have heard can begin at 16 weeks. My Barred Rocks were 6-months old when they began laying so that is about 24 weeks. You know the appearance will change and the combs and wattles will look more red and larger when the pullets are about ready to lay.

    Post back when they begin to lay, and let us know when they started and which order they began to lay.
  6. <3ChickenS<3

    <3ChickenS<3 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 12, 2011
    i have 2 BSL's that started laying monday, they're 15.5weeks. got mushy small eggs. today i got 1 perfect medium egg!
  7. 8Chicks4Ky

    8Chicks4Ky Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2011
    Two of my eight golden comets started laying yesterday. They are 16.5 weeks.

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