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Ameraucana Laying Age?

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This is my first time raising Ameraucanas, and I know these chickens have some unusual traits, but I haven't read anything about early sexual maturity.  I have 2 cockerels and 7 pullets; they're 11-1/2 weeks old.  Both the guys have already started crowing, one last week, one today.  I'm told this is not particularly unusual.  My question, and concern, is -- are my pullets likely to start laying soon?  This seems way too young -- half the age of even a Leghorn.

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I am getting some EE's next week.

From what I understand laying age is just like any other chicken. After 20-25weeks.

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post #3 of 15

It depends on where you got them from I would say.  If you got them from a breeder, they will probably lay later than average.  If you got them from a hatchery, they will probably lay around the 20-25 week range.  I have an Ameraucana pullet I got from a breeder who is almost a year old and is still not laying.  Now, I am not saying that is usual, just not terribly unusual.  My other Ameraucana pullets have been laying for a few months and they are the same age.  Just remember, each individual bird is going to mature at a different rate.  They will only lay when their bodies have matured enough to do it.  Sometimes it is a long wait but it is worth it.  I have read that the older they are when they first start laying, the less chance of reproductive problems like internal laying, they will have.

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post #4 of 15

They say 4 to 5 months.  But, mine seem to take longer to start laying.

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post #5 of 15
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Thank you so much everyone.  I got them from McMurray, because one member of our "egg co-op" wants colored eggs & McM breeds for that feature, not show or conformation.   Maybe my 2 boys are just inspired by the Rhode Island Red roo who lives in the next pen.

post #6 of 15

They're Easter Eggers then, not Ameraucanas if they're from Murray McMurray.

The EE's I once had from the same hatchery began at 21 weeks.

My purebred Ameraucanas begin at a range of 21-30 weeks old, depending on the bloodlines.

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post #7 of 15

I have 2 EE's: one is 40 weeks old and one is 25 weeks old.  I got my first turquoise egg yesterday, and I'm not sure which one laid it.  So they're definitely not all early bloomers!

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My true Ameraucanas are 34weeks old and I have yet to see the first egg.. They don't even seem too mature. Their combs are only pink and no one will even think about squatting for me.. My first Ameraucanas were 33 -38 weeks old before I got my first egg...

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Originally Posted by Illia 

They're Easter Eggers then, not Ameraucanas if they're from Murray McMurray.

The EE's I once had from the same hatchery began at 21 weeks.

My purebred Ameraucanas begin at a range of 21-30 weeks old, depending on the bloodlines.


Agreed.

My EE started laying at 20 weeks.  My pure Ameraucana's didn't start laying until 24-30 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.

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post #10 of 15

My Ameracauna started at about 5 months.

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