At what age?

Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by Happeesupermom, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. Happeesupermom

    Happeesupermom Happee ChickenSuperMomma

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    I have 2 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 2 RIRs, 2 Speckled Sussex, 1 oriental crested & 4 production reds. They're all about 16 weeks old. At what age can I expect to see them begin to lay? Also, we live in the southernmost part of Texas, so winter is short & mild.
     
  2. kaax

    kaax Junior Member

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    That's a tough question. Depends on their condition and breed. They could start laying just about any day now, although 16 weeks is a little early. This time of year could delay them because of the lack of daylight. So i guess the easy answer would be anytime between tomorrow and April. ;)
    But I'll hazard a guess, and say in my experience sometime between 10-12 weeks from now.

    Kaax
     

  3. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    My RIR were about 6 months old when they started laying.
     
  4. rob

    rob New Member

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    mine where about 26 weeks old, and my silkie still hasnt started laying and shes about 38 weeks old
     
  5. eqstrnathlete

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    Hens need at least 15 hours of daylight to lay. I have a light on a timer in my coop that comes on at 3 am. All my girls, turkey and ducks included, are laying daily.
     
  6. baskerboo

    baskerboo New Member

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    Kaxx,

    You are right about the depends on the breeds thing. We had a red star, and they are expected to lay at about 22 weeks, and she laid at 15.5 weeks!!! She also laid 3 months straight without a break. She was a super chicken . Unfortunately, she was killed by a hawk two years ago. But she has never left the flock in my heart ( yes cheesy I know )