Backyard and hobby chicken-ing is ever increasing. Is this season your first flock? When Should You Start Eggs-Pecting? For those of you first time chick parents, the waiting can seems like forever to when they will start laying. Have patience... they will!

On average, pullets start laying eggs at about 6 months of age, depending on the breed. Larger, heavier birds like Wyandottes, Plymouth Rocks and Orpingtons might take a bit longer whereas lighter, smaller breeds like Leghorns, Stars, and Australorps will start laying sooner. Leghorns are super prolific! Highly recommended! If you get your chicks in the winter, remember having them come to maturity at the coldest, darkest part of the year, they will sometimes not begin laying until spring: six months is just the average!

If you coop your chickens, sprinkle a bit of your Fly Predators near your coop. If yours free range, you can make some simple release stations. Fly Predators are safe from free range chickens eating them after they have emerged so you can also wait until you see more than a few dozen walking around in your back to release them.

For more great tips on backyard chickens, check out our friend at Fresh Eggs Daily who has a terrific and long running blog!