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post #1 of 22 Old 10-10-2012, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Will the chickens lay this year?

My mom has 20 chickens(4 different breeds) and 5 guinea hens that were born on 6/5 and they haven't started laying yet. It's starting to get cold here so I'm wondering if they will just wait till next year to start laying. Everyday my hubby asks if her chicks have started laying yet, he's very excited for the eggs lol. I don't know what is standard age that they start laying but a friend of mine has chickens that are about a month older and started laying at least 2 months ago.
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Some breeds start laying at 20 weeks, some a little later. If yours are Americaunas you should start getting eggs fairly soon. My Guinea keets started laying sooner than most of my chicks but not much. How red are their wattles and combs? Once they turn reallllly red, they're getting close.

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Hmmm, depends on the breeds for the chickens.
The heritage breeds don't often begin to lay until 5 to 6 months and many of them are not affected by cold weather/shorter daylight, meaning they lay right through winter.... as well as the hot summer months too.
The more commercial breeds of layers can start laying as young as 4.5 months old but seem to need more supplimental lighting to keep the production up during the winter.

My new Australorps started laying in September and all but a few of my heritage breeds will lay all winter with no extra lighting.
My guineas though did stop laying during the shorter /colder days.

You probably won't start to see eggs until we are in to November.
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Some breeds start laying at 20 weeks, some a little later. If yours are Americaunas you should start getting eggs fairly soon. My Guinea keets started laying sooner than most of my chicks but not much. How red are their wattles and combs? Once they turn reallllly red, they're getting close.
We have 5 Ameraucana, 5 dominique, 5 russian orloff and 5 deleware's. I think they look pretty red, but I don't see them that often, my mom was away this weekend so I took care of them but before that it had been a few weeks since I had seen them.
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They'll lay this Fall/Winter. Newbie-chicks don't take the Winter off like adult hens do. They start laying sometime after 20 weeks and keep going until their first molt, which shouldn't be until next Fall. Give them lots of good feed, clean water, and a comfy nest, and they'll soon surprise you with a tiny, puny, little egg. It'll be the most beautiful pathetic little egg ever.
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I bought a white chic, breed unknown to me, from tsc at easter. I look every day for my first egg, and have yet to have it. :) She's what 7 months now? I feel like she should give me an egg already!
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Hmm... got pictures of her? You might have a meat bird.
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Lol yeah I do, gimme a min to get on the computer and ill post them. Gosh I didn't want a meat bird!
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ok all the recent pics are on my other halfs phone, and hes out of town, but i did find two pics of when she was smaller. I actually bought 6, two of each color they had, and shes the only one that i have left. She was yellow when she was born, if that tells you anything, She is HUGE. shes very fat with big thick legs. Shes a sweetheart though. My daughter totes her around like a stuffed animal. She follows us around and talks to us and eats out of our hand lol.

She is the biggest one out of the bunch. Her name is Waddles... because she waddles.
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ok all the recent pics are on my other halfs phone, and hes out of town, but i did find two pics of when she was smaller. I actually bought 6, two of each color they had, and shes the only one that i have left. She was yellow when she was born, if that tells you anything, She is HUGE. shes very fat with big thick legs. Shes a sweetheart though. My daughter totes her around like a stuffed animal. She follows us around and talks to us and eats out of our hand lol.

She is the biggest one out of the bunch. Her name is Waddles... because she waddles.
I can't tell from the pics as they are too small but huge with thick legs may be a Cornish X which are meat bird.
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