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When do Easter Eggers start laying?

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I can't wait!  My 3 EE's are now 12 weeks old.  I've read that egg laying begins roughly between 16-20 weeks, but I heard can take up to a year!  I don't know if different breeds start laying at different times, but typically with EE's, what is the average time they start laying?

Anxious to see the first colored eggs!

post #2 of 101

Most of our EE's started laying at about 20 weeks.

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post #3 of 101

OKAY!  Mine are 21 weeks today...that means any day right?celebrate

Wife to a wonderful man, mother of a college girl and a high school boy, "mistress" to 1 golden retriever, 2 cats, and 15 chickens (My "girls" include 2 Easter Eggers, 2 Dominiques, 2 Black Australorps, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Jersey Giant, 1 Speckled Sussex,  2 Golden Laced Wyandottes from 2009 and the new 2010 babies, 1 more EE and 2 Welsummers)
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Wife to a wonderful man, mother of a college girl and a high school boy, "mistress" to 1 golden retriever, 2 cats, and 15 chickens (My "girls" include 2 Easter Eggers, 2 Dominiques, 2 Black Australorps, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Jersey Giant, 1 Speckled Sussex,  2 Golden Laced Wyandottes from 2009 and the new 2010 babies, 1 more EE and 2 Welsummers)
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post #4 of 101

Watch for squatting, and red faces!  One of mine started at 20 weeks.

-Jackie- MN Mom of twins plus one!
Oh, and not to forget the golden retriever!
4 EEs, 2 Light Brahmas, 3 Black Australorps & 4 Buff Orpingtons!

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-Jackie- MN Mom of twins plus one!
Oh, and not to forget the golden retriever!
4 EEs, 2 Light Brahmas, 3 Black Australorps & 4 Buff Orpingtons!

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post #5 of 101

I would say to watch for squatting. Mine had red faces for at least a month before they started to lay. By the way, they were between 30 - 32 weeks before they started. When they started squatting it  was about a week before they laid an egg.


Edited by ChikeeMomma - 9/22/09 at 5:53am
post #6 of 101

Mine started laying at 26 weeks

post #7 of 101

I have 3 EE's and they are 22 weeks old.  One just started laying on Sunday and I got one yesterday.  I have 15 hens all the same age and only have a couplelaying so far!  I say, "A watched chicken never lays!"  It will happen soon.  Here is my blue egg!
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/29984_002.jpg

post #8 of 101

I got my first EE egg yesterday, YIPEEE. They are 28 weeks. bowD     epyawee

Mom to 6 Black Sexlink hens, 4 Barred Rock hens, 2 Rhode Island Red hens, 2 EE hens, 1 White Leghorn hen, and 1 BIG Rhode Island Red roo, 5 Chihuahua's, 1 Belgian Shepard, 2 Rabbits, 1 FAT Cat, 1 turtle, 2 teenagers and 1 husband.
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Mom to 6 Black Sexlink hens, 4 Barred Rock hens, 2 Rhode Island Red hens, 2 EE hens, 1 White Leghorn hen, and 1 BIG Rhode Island Red roo, 5 Chihuahua's, 1 Belgian Shepard, 2 Rabbits, 1 FAT Cat, 1 turtle, 2 teenagers and 1 husband.
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post #9 of 101

CONGRATS to the first eggers!

Im guessing because EEs are the mutts ( I love mutts and surprises) of the chicken world, how soon they lay is dependant on their genes, where they from.
Mine are from Cackle, they're 17 weeks.  At least another month.  Where did everyone else get their chicks?

 Amazing DH, DD, DS DGS, Currently flockless due to a move, but not for long!
I will have a palette of rainbow eggs

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 Amazing DH, DD, DS DGS, Currently flockless due to a move, but not for long!
I will have a palette of rainbow eggs

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Congratulations to all those first-time eggs!  Hey!  I got mine from mypetchicken and let me tell you, it's been a horrible experience.  They were supposed to send me 3, but I received 5 instead (first mistake).  Then, I found out that I have one with a crooked beak (He is so bad now, that I may have to put him down).  Yes, He's a HE!  Wait!  There's more!  Now, my crooked beak is a Rooster!  So, then another chicken (wait, no, he's a Rooster) was trying to kill my crooked beak!  Thank God I was home at the time because if I wasn't he would have killed my crooked beak (he was bloody when I found him, with severe pecks ot his face).  Ok, so I got rid of the little Rooster trouble maker.  NOW TODAY!  I am almost sure that the 3rd one is s Rooster, too! 

I ordered 3 females, and I got 3 roosters, and 2 females.  I called mypetchicken a few times and have complained.  All they have done was apologize and refund me for shipping and 2 birds (due to the mistake in sending me 5 instead of 3).

Does anyone live in the SoCal area and wants a Rooster?  He is pretty, white with a few brown feathers.

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