When Do Hens Start Laying Eggs?
Everyone wants to know, when do hens start laying eggs?
When do hens start laying eggs? The answer is not as simple as the question unfortunately. Hens start laying eggs at all different times depending on the breed of hen, environmental conditions, amount of daylight available and more.
The average age for a hen to start laying eggs is around 16-20 weeks. This is just an average. I have had hens that , per their breed standard, are suppose to start laying around 4 months old and I didn’t see an egg until they were 7 months old.
Most chicks hatched in March and April will lay eggs before fall, say around September. The best way to ensure this is to provide a high protein, quality layer pellet and an abundance of water.
Do not feed scratch or treats full of corn, corn has no nutritional value to chickens and can hinder egg production. Feeding treats high in protein can help to speed up egg production. Meal worms are our favorite choice for this. Feed a handful daily for up to 12 hens.
If you buy , hatch or obtain chicks late in the summer they may not lay eggs before winter, depending on where you live. If you live in a very cold climate that starts to lose daylight fast mid fall, chances are you will not see eggs until closer to spring. Again, this is not a definite either. Just like all breeds are different , all hens are different.
If you want hens that will start laying eggs young and lay A LOT of eggs, go for a super layer breed like these here found in our
It is a big guessing game and patience is key when raising hens for eggs. Before you know it, you will be over run with eggs and selling them to make back some money to use for feed!!