When will they start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by momofchicks, May 26, 2008.

  1. momofchicks

    momofchicks Songster

    Apr 23, 2008
    I am new at this and I am so excited about my chickens and getting eggs, I know it's early as my chickens are only 7 weeks old but when do they start laying? I have RIR, Dominiques, Delawares and EE's. Do they all start at the same age, or does it matter what breed they are? I have 4 nesting boxes and 11 chickens (not all hens) is that enough boxes? How many times a day do I need to check the boxes for eggs?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    While it can vary widely, the breeds you mention are usually laying around 20-23 weeks of age, IF they are getting enough daylight (which yours will be when they get to that age). If they are maturing during the winter it can be a bit longer unless you add a light to the coop to extend the daylight hours a bit for them.

    Watch for the combs and wattles to get really red, and the 'squat' when you pet them on the back - those are signs they are mature and will be laying soon.

    My wyandottes and dominiques and BRs all started laying right at 20 weeks.
  3. blurose

    blurose Songster

    May 25, 2008
    Winston, Oregon
    All I can say for sure is it won't be soon enough. [​IMG] Also, they won't start laying any faster with you constantly watching them (this I know from experience) [​IMG] After 3 years here the feeling of "Christmas comes daily to the henhouse" still hasn't worn off. [​IMG]
  4. amysue2012

    amysue2012 Songster

    Oct 6, 2007
    Montpelier Ohio
    lol I currently have 9 nest boxes and they all use 1! I check my once a day, late after noon. 6 hens now and I get 4-6 eggs a day.
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Our EE's began laying at around 21 - 22 weeks old last year (just over 4 months old).

    You have more than enough nesting boxes (1 box per 4 hens). I check for eggs several times a day...but only because I'm home all day. Depending on the hours you are away from home, once or twice daily checks do just fine.


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