Originally Posted by Serge
I got 16 week old Rhode Island Red. And i just want to know when this bred of chickens start laying ?
I got mine when they were 4 months old. They still weren't fully grown then, couldn't tell the Roos from the hens, at 7 months the Roos started crowing they had this beautful dark brick/mahogony red like the gentleman below mentioned. At 8.5 months the hen started tending to her nest boxes and "playing house. Then the winter set in, lmbo. I got my first egg from her last monday, making it 12mo old (But I'm not holding the winter against her, had it not been for the season change I fully believe she would have started laying within a week or two of the nest activity.). Mine came for a friend who breeds his own, and he got his from a breeder. so I'm guessing mine may be a little father removed from a hatchery/mass produced chick, and when I start looking to increase my flock's genetic diversity i intend to look try to continue that trend. I will endure the slightly longer maturation rate in exchange for what is likely a healthier, sturdier bird with a much deeper gene pool