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Young Hens Starting to Lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by idispatch4911, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. idispatch4911

    idispatch4911 Chirping

    May 20, 2011
    Southern Utah
    I have 2 hens (RIR) just starting to lay. We got our first egg, then about 4 days later another one. Then 3 days after that, the 3rd egg. Now, we are consistently getting an egg a day for the last several days to 1 week. I don't know if both are laying yet, or if it's just the one. Eggs are same shape and size.

    When do young hens reach their "top potential" for egg laying? I'm thinking since we're still only a few weeks into this, we aren't at full speed yet, but I still haven't gotten 2 eggs in a single day to know if both are laying.

    Thanks for the help!

  2. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    Chicken Heaven
    The first Eggs are magical little Oval Balls of Joy!
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    You are right. It takes time for them to get up to speed.
  4. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    Chicken Heaven
    I don't Know the " Laying Potential ", but i Do hope Other People can Help you! I know they lay from 20-35 weeks Normally....
  5. Woodcox Acre

    Woodcox Acre In the Brooder

    Sep 18, 2011
    A Mt. Valley in Utah
    Thats the best day ever when you get that first egg. I bought six new pullets a couple of months ago
    and was told they were five months old. Well they were not. Probably three months old at best. Thier wadles
    are now starting to grow good, so I'm hoping it won't be to long now and I will see those first golden eggs.
  6. artsy1

    artsy1 Songster

    Sep 5, 2011
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    Our RIR'S Laid their very first egg on my hubbys b-day.............
    so exciting
  7. poseygrace

    poseygrace Songster

    Apr 29, 2011
    My guess would be you have one pullet laying, and the other hasn't started yet. Here's why I think this:

    1) I've noticed each hen has a distinct egg, even hens of the same breed. If you are looking closely and can't tell any difference, it's probably just one hen laying. For example, I have three Wyandottes. One lays almost round eggs. One lays eggs with freckles. One lays perfectly shaped, perfectly even-colored eggs. I can tell instantly who laid what.

    2) If they were both laying, you'd have gotten two eggs on at least one day. Once they are up and cranking, you will usually get an egg from each hen every 26 hours. (There are exceptions to this, but it is generally the rule). Watch the timing, and it will help you know who laid them.


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