When will they start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by whitecra, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. whitecra

    whitecra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    I have 8 hens. Two of them are 7 months old and EE and the other ones are 6 months old. I am so ready to see my first egg in the nest.
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Wow, you should be seeing eggs soon! 20 weeks is the average, but different breeds can take longer. Some signs to look for are when the pullets start showing interest in the nesting boxes. They also do a very intense "squatting" pose if you reach out to pet them, and their combs will look much redder.

    Be sure and tell us when you get that first egg! Take a pic and show us!

  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    My australorps didn't start laying till they were 25 weeks old and one waited til nearly 28 weeks. Some of the heavier breeds do take longer to mature. But that is actually a good thing they say. Early layers have more trouble with egg binding and other laying issues. And besides, that first egg will really get you excited since you had to wait so loooonnnngggg!! Good luck!

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