Will pullets start laying in January?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tazcat70, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    I have some chicks that will be 18 weeks at the beginning of January. I know that 18 weeks is early based on what I have read but....should I have a nest ready just in case? Or will they wait until the days are longer?

    Tonya [​IMG]
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    It is possible so I would put nests in. I've had chicken start to lay in the middle of winter, but they were about 20 weeks old leghorns.
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I'd go ahead and have the nesting boxes ready too...I've had lots of young pullets start laying in the dead of winter......
  4. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Ok thanks!!! I will plan on putting it in. Maybe I will get my first egg for my birthday 12/29. [​IMG]

  5. Fancy Feather Poultry

    Fancy Feather Poultry Cooped Up

    May 30, 2007
    Taz cat, christmas baby huh? it must be cool getting birthday presents right after christmas.
  6. gardener

    gardener Songster

    Oct 8, 2007
    Willamette Valley
    I was wondering the same thing (if they would start laying in winter) as mine will be 18 weeks at the end of January.
  7. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Doesn't it all depend on the amount of light they get. I've always heard to keep a light in the hen house in the winter. [​IMG]
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Didn't with mine Southern, I don't supply light for winter laying..
  9. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Yes they will. I have a batch coming due in January, so I'll put them in the laying shelter in December with lights. That should get the eggs popping out right on time.

    As an aside, I visited an egg farm recently up north. It was a 'factory farm'; but a little nicer than all the ones you see the horrible photos of. He incubates a new batch every two weeks for replacement layers. Every two weeks and a new batch of 200-500 birds replaces older pullets. So, every two weeks he has a new set of hens coming into lay. It's the artifical lighting that allows you to do year around eggs. And of course, I think it's a lot more humane with us doing it our in pastures with our little 60W lightbulbs and lots of caring. :eek:
  10. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Actually it was HORRIBLE being a Christmas baby. All my siblings would get 2 celebrations a year and I would have one. Alot of times I would get a present that was for both my Christmas and birthday..... [​IMG]

    Sigh, yes I have issues with it and so when my son was born 10 days BEFORE Christmas I make sure it doesn't happen to him. [​IMG]

    About light...My husband came in the other day and said "You are going to need a light in the coop this winter if you want to get any eggs." Shocked me because that means he has read something somewhere because I have not told him that. I wonder if this means that he doesn't HATE the chickies. [​IMG] If that is the case time to get more!!! [​IMG] JK!


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