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I know it is the time of year for us to begin wondering if they will ever lay.  I have some very nice heritage RIR that are now 28 weeks and none laying and really not seeing bright red combs.  I see all these RIR starting to lay at 16-18 weeks.  Do the heritage lines just in general take longer to start, or is it just this set of birds?  I have about 20 of them I am thinking they should haved started by now. 

Anyone else have the Heritage lines that take some time to start?

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Are you sure of their age?
Did you hatch them or buy them as chicks?
I'm not familiar with "heritage" RIR. I have a "plain old" RIR hen. She started laying at 20 weeks. She was my first of last years' hens to lay!

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Yes, the heritage lines do lay later, gnerally.  I have three of them and they started about 29-32 weeks.

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Originally Posted by Paganbird 

Are you sure of their age?
Did you hatch them or buy them as chicks?
I'm not familiar with "heritage" RIR. I have a "plain old" RIR hen. She started laying at 20 weeks. She was my first of last years' hens to lay!


Yes very certain of the age, I bought them as day old chicks.  I know these ladies will lay but starting to get a bit impatient. 

Sounds like I may have a few weeks left to wait if Speckled Hen is any indication.  Such nice birds I am very anxious for them to get started laying. 

I hope to have a fall hatch and have some layers rolling in the spring. 

Thanks for the input

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I just sold my "real" RIRs hit  They were slow to start, but once they started they were very consistant layers.

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post #6 of 7

Greathorse, it won't be much longer, and they will be laying. Mine started laying at 28 to 30 weeks old.

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katy I really like my RIR they are such a great looking bird.  I had no idea when I started looking for the old style that they would be so different from the hatchery stuff.  Their color just stops me every time I look at them.

You want back into the Reds let me know, I know these guys will lay sometime and I should  have a bunch of eggs when they do. 

I managed to find some of the old Mohawk line that goes way way back.

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