When you buy chickens they will often be at the point of lay. This means that the chickens will start to lay soon. How long this takes depends on the time of year and the individual chicken. It can be anywhere between 4 and 6 weeks before they start to lay (longer in winter when there is less daylight).
Your chickens' conditions can affect their egg production so make sure they're healthy
Once they are laying though, they may not always produce eggs like clockwork, the reasons could be:
- When your chickens moult their egg production will drop and most likely stop.
- If your birds have had a fright this can result in no eggs for a while.
- Egg production is the first thing affected by dehydration. Make sure your birds have plentiful clean water.
- If you are letting your chickens roam about in the garden they may have made a nest under a bush or in a corner somewhere. Follow your chicken discreetly to find the nest, sneaky but necessary!