When will the hens start to lay eggs?
Hens will lay eggs around 5-6 months of age depending on the breed. If you want them fertilized you will need a rooster, although having a rooster is not essential for having eggs (they sure are entertaining though!).
Some breeds are slow to mature and will not start to lay before 7 to 9 months.
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Four hens have the potential to lay four eggs but this is not always the case. Old hens will eventually stop laying eggs, sick hens may not lay any eggs and hens even in prime condition may be molting or may just be a slow laying breed. There are many reasons why four hens may not even lay one egg in a single day.
Any place they feel safe and secure, usually in laying boxes Hens lay eggs in nests, and usually they their eggs in nests that already contain eggs. Some hens will move eggs from neighboring nests into their own nests. In captivity and at farms, farmers will use dummy eggs made from various materials and even golf balls so the hens will lay eggs where the dummies are placed this way their laying off eggs can…
I raise true Araucana chickens and Araucana hens are usually a bit slow to start laying. On average in good conditions and with excellent lighting, the Araucana hens with lay their first eggs at around 5 to 6 months old. Americana chickens will often start to lay eggs much sooner at about 16 weeks of age.