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What breed lays first??

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That my question, I am already planning on what kind of chickens I want to hatch in the early spring.  I feel like I have been waiting for my buffs to start laying FOREVER.  What breed starts to lay the early?  I have 36 hens and half of them are molting and the others have not started to lay yet.  I am only getting 2 eggs a day:barnie.  I am just trying to plan a little better for next year.  My poor EEs look so bad, I am going to be making coats for them.

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From what I have seen on here possibly the sexlink chickens like comets or stars, etc.  I am waiting forever too.  I have two brahma hens, they are about 6 months old now. No eggs.  I also have new chicks 5 weeks old that are BO's.  So you know we wait.   
I thought about the others but I want a long laying chicken too.  The ones who lay the most often and earliest sometimes quit quicker too. 
My choice next will be Delaware.  They lay really well.  I hope they will live and lay long too.  Jean

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My golden phoenix laid first out of my flock and lays every day but the eggs are small. My barred rocks and brown leghorn lay well too- they are about 24 or 25 weeks old now and have been laying a few weeks.

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4 barred plymouth rocks   1 light brown leghorn
1 golden phoenix              1 white crested blue polish   
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Mama to...
4 barred plymouth rocks   1 light brown leghorn
1 golden phoenix              1 white crested blue polish   
Mama of 2 human kids -1 very spoiled poodle, 1 spoiled weinie dog,1 huge black lab, 1 fat cat  and now (compliments of Hurricane Gustav) a rescued baby squirrel named Bailey
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post #4 of 7

My Red Sex Links and My Golden Comets started laying at 15 weeks.

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God is Love   Mom to 2 dogs, 5 cats, 4 Red Sex Link , 4 Golden Comets, 1 Blue,2 Buff 2 Black Cochin, 2 Black Jersey Giant , 1 Partridge Rock, 2 Black Australorp,  1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 4 Barred Rocks, 1 Rhode Island Red, 1 Light Brahma, 8 EE's,12 Banty's 1 buff orp. roo 1 blue orp, 2 GL Polish cross,1 blue Ameraucana,3 Speckled Sussex, 4 Khaki Campbells, 1 Blue Rex and 1 Dutch Bunny 1 B/W rex
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post #5 of 7

My black sex links just started laying at 24 and 26 weeks.
They have it good here too and I feed them high quality feed and they free range all day.
I also have a rhode island red and orpington that just started laying at 24 weeks and an easter egger began at 28 weeks.
I am still waiting on the rest who are 24 weeks old.
I think it doesn't matter so much on the breed as it does on the genetics of the particular chickens.

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post #6 of 7

I don't know if any one breed really lays any sooner than another. I think it is more when the bird is ready to lay. I have RIR's my first to start laying was at 17 weeks the last to start was at 27 weeks.
I think 22 to 26 weeks is about average. Some don't start until about 30 weeks. There are some good links near the bottom of the page.

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http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

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We got 25 brown egg layers and then added 25 bantam just for fun when we ordered late this past spring. Guess who started laying first?  The bantams.  And then a small white leghorn.  My sex-links, brahnams, orpingtons, and EE are still just watching the others and taking lessons, I hope.  They are 22 weeks today.

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One GREAT Husband, 4 Wonderful children all grown and missed very much, 2 Grand Kids, 2 Fabulous Dogs, 2 Silly Cats, 2 milk cows, Honey Bees (mean ones), and 56 Comical Chickens!
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