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Barred Rock laying age

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

Hi,

I know that the average age that hens start to lay is 20 -24 weeks, but I also know that some breeds lay at earlier, some later, some right in the middle, etc. 

What has your experience been with Barred Rocks.  Are they early layers?

Thanks.

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post #2 of 26

I have two. One started at 16 wks, the other at 20.

post #3 of 26

I'm new to chickens but my 2 BRs were the first to lay out of the 5 breeds I have.  I think they layed at around 19 weeks.

post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses.  My two Barred Rocks look so mature, but they aren't laying yet.  They're 20 weeks - hopefully they'll start soon.

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post #5 of 26

My BR's first egg was laid today, at 18 weeks.  Unfortunately it was eaten, probably by them all.  sad   So bummed, I've waited MONTHS.   sad   sad


Edited by norcal - 8/3/09 at 9:32pm
post #6 of 26

I don't really think that the breed of chicken determines when they should start laying. Each bird is different. no matter what their breed is. Some start laying earlier than others and some later. The red combs and wattles and the squat are good signs when they are about to start laying.

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post #7 of 26

I think my BR is going to be our first layer - she is the biggest one and seems to be developing her comb/wattles before the other hens... We'll be at 20 weeks around labor day.

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My BR's first egg was laid today, at 18 weeks.  Unfortunately it was eaten, probably by them all.  sad   So bummed, I've waited MONTHS.   sad   sad


That's a huge bummer, norcal sad Where do you think she layed? Did or do you have golf balls or fake eggs in the nest boxes?

post #8 of 26

The egg was on the floor, in the corner behind the waterer - I'm guessing that's where she laid it, as it would have been hard to get it there w/o breaking it first.   

Last night I put in one real golf ball, two plastic golf balls  (hollow), and a large plastic Easter egg - I taped the 2 parts together.   

They've all been pecking at the balls, hopefully they'll learn and get discouraged.   

I watched them for an hour this morning through the window.....need to get a bar stool or something (a wireless cam would be better).

post #9 of 26

My BR started laying at 22.5 weeks.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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post #10 of 26

Hi Everyone,
I wanted to thank you and share the excitement of our day.
Last night I was on the computer trying to find out more information about when our gals will begin laying. So I was searching the different breeds we have, and learned from you all that it is not necessarily the breed which determines... We have 2 barred rocks, 2 buff orpingtons, 1 silver laced wyandotte, and 3 gold links - all 16 weeks old right now. Well, today during the ominous "tornado" weather we went to check on the girls to make sure they were okay and my 5 year old came screaming "Mama, an egg, an egg, our first egg!!!!" It was sitting on the ground right in the mud. We still do not know which one did it. If you ask me, I think it is one of the gold links. I wonder if the storm scared it out of her! smile
Anyway, thanks for the timely help and advice on here.


Edited by Stillwater Chickens - 8/19/09 at 7:54pm
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