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Originally Posted by 18kronesk View Post

I have 5 chicks there 13 weeks old knowyippiechickie.gif and they should be laying in the fall .    So chicks start to lay in like six or seven months. After they hatcht.

Yup!  The average is 24 weeks.  It's best not to "push" them - I do not begin feeding layer feed until I see that first egg.

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post #12 of 116

The chickens you have sound REALLY fancy. :D Haha some of your chickens I've never even heard of. But just to say, I have 1 Amerucanuo, 2 Silver Wyandottes (or however you spell that) 2 Leghorns, and 1 Rhode Island Red. They are about the size of chihuahuas, but i'm not exactly sure how old they are. But let me just give a woraning, your first egg will NOT be in the nesting box!! This is a first- time thing, and the chicken has no clue whats going on! So, be sure to search! Good luck!

post #13 of 116

My Golden Laced Wyandotte, Greta, was hatched somewhere around mid January (about 25 weeks?) and she has not yet laid an egg. however, my speckled sussex, around the same age, has been laying for a month. Does anyone know if the Wyandottes mature slower, on average? And yes, they are both on layer feed w/ added oyster shells.
 

1 Golden Laced Wyandotte, 1 Speckled Sussex, 1 EE

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post #14 of 116

Most of the chicks we raise.. from Hatch or buy... usually start laying about 4- 4 1/2 mo with us. Right now we have some newbies in the yard.. Buff Brahmas.. waiting for them to start... its been just 4 mo now.. and they are getting red.  Now you said you give them egg shells??? if you have the oyster shell it should be enough... regular egg shells.. they may really like and then when they do lay you won't get any eggs... they will become egg eaters.. They only thing to do with them then is soup.

Golden Acres on the Hill-Upstate,NY far from the city-oh yeah-- total of 5 kids(some home some gone)  golden ret's,4 pekin ducks + 6 babies, 87 chickens-and still hatching-buffs,winad,black star, brama,leg horn, morn, brown leghorns,cochins on and on, 12 turkey+9 babys, 2 pigs..26 cornish rocks.. hey never know whats next
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Golden Acres on the Hill-Upstate,NY far from the city-oh yeah-- total of 5 kids(some home some gone)  golden ret's,4 pekin ducks + 6 babies, 87 chickens-and still hatching-buffs,winad,black star, brama,leg horn, morn, brown leghorns,cochins on and on, 12 turkey+9 babys, 2 pigs..26 cornish rocks.. hey never know whats next
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post #15 of 116

I have an ameraucana that is 22 weeks old.  Her comb turns bright red from time to time (usually when she's excited about something, like when I bring out treats or there's a rucus in the coop), but then goes pale again when she's calm.  Is this a sign she's getting ready to lay or do I have to wait until it's looks red all the time?  She's my oldest girl and this will be my very first egg layer ever, so I'm very excited.  And when I say "excited" I mean impatient. gig.gif

Backyard chicken owner as of June 1st, 2012.  One amazing husband, two beautiful four-legged canine kids, and 5 adorable hens - (1 Ameraucana, 1 EE, 1 RSL, 1 SLW, and 1 Wellsummer). 

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Backyard chicken owner as of June 1st, 2012.  One amazing husband, two beautiful four-legged canine kids, and 5 adorable hens - (1 Ameraucana, 1 EE, 1 RSL, 1 SLW, and 1 Wellsummer). 

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post #16 of 116

That first egg from your chicken will be small and might not have a yoke. So to be on the safe side, any small eggs that you suspect might be first eggs open them in bowls to make sure you want to use them or not.

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Originally Posted by rthomp11 View Post

That first egg from your chicken will be small and might not have a yoke. So to be on the safe side, any small eggs that you suspect might be first eggs open them in bowls to make sure you want to use them or not.

 

You can use an egg that does not have a yolk.  It's perfectly safe!  smile.png

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SPECIALIZING IN:  Jersey Giants.  Black Copper Marans. Blue Marans. Silver Penciled Plymouth Rocks.  

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Just for fun:  First & second generation "olive eggers," and a few ducks - Welsh Harlequin, Black Swedish, Black Runner.

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~Courage is fear that has said its prayers.~

 

SPECIALIZING IN:  Jersey Giants.  Black Copper Marans. Blue Marans. Silver Penciled Plymouth Rocks.  

Click to view my website.

Just for fun:  First & second generation "olive eggers," and a few ducks - Welsh Harlequin, Black Swedish, Black Runner.

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post #18 of 116

At 27 weeks my americauna finally laid her first egg.  She put it right in the nesting box.  She's been laying for a week now and we've gotten 5 eggs total.  She puts them in the nesting box every time - it's so amazing!  It makes you wonder how they know to do that.  Each egg I get seems like a small miracle.  Here's a picture of her first egg.

Backyard chicken owner as of June 1st, 2012.  One amazing husband, two beautiful four-legged canine kids, and 5 adorable hens - (1 Ameraucana, 1 EE, 1 RSL, 1 SLW, and 1 Wellsummer). 

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Backyard chicken owner as of June 1st, 2012.  One amazing husband, two beautiful four-legged canine kids, and 5 adorable hens - (1 Ameraucana, 1 EE, 1 RSL, 1 SLW, and 1 Wellsummer). 

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post #19 of 116

Most by 23 weeks.  My easter eggers took for ever!
 

American Buff trio, pekin ducks, collection of chickens.
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American Buff trio, pekin ducks, collection of chickens.
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post #20 of 116
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Originally Posted by Bananikaa View Post

The chickens you have sound REALLY fancy. :D Haha some of your chickens I've never even heard of. But just to say, I have 1 Amerucanuo, 2 Silver Wyandottes (or however you spell that) 2 Leghorns, and 1 Rhode Island Red. They are about the size of chihuahuas, but i'm not exactly sure how old they are. But let me just give a woraning, your first egg will NOT be in the nesting box!! This is a first- time thing, and the chicken has no clue whats going on! So, be sure to search! Good luck!

Owner of 6 chcknz (sorry thats how i spell haha) 2 furry tailed felines, a pup, and some other little critters. trust me, i KNOW all about animals. ;)  haha

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