16 week old laying egg ?

svh

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I bought 10 - 3 week old pullets, on Aug. 20th. That would mean they were hatched around the first of Aug., and make them about 16 weeks old now.

Just a short time ago, I was out in the coop, and found a small egg, a bit bigger than 1/2 the size of the eggs the big hens are laying. This egg was on the poop board where the littles seem to hang out when the big girls leave in the morning. It was covered with sand, and poop, and when I went to clean it off, it crushed VERY easily in my hand ..... VERY thin shell. It was a fully developed egg, except the yolk seemed a much lighter yellow than the rich orangey color of the eggs I collect everyday. Unless one of the big girls has something wrong with her, this did not come from one of them.

Could one of the 16 week olds have started to lay already ? This time of year in Missouri ?

I can only suspect they were older than 3 weeks when I got them.

What say you ?

This is a pic of them on Sept. 1st, making them supposedly around 4 weeks old. Do they look like month olds to you ?

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By the picture, the pullets dont look near laying yet. What breeds are they? I had cali whites start laying at around 14 weeks. But they looked more mature than yours.
Im thinking one of your current layers gave you a fart egg...but alas, im no expert.
 

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By the picture, the pullets dont look near laying yet. What breeds are they? I had cali whites start laying at around 14 weeks. But they looked more mature than yours.
Im thinking one of your current layers gave you a fart egg...but alas, im no expert.

The pic is from Sept. 1st, 3 months ago ..... The pic is when they were supposedly 4 weeks old.

This is them a week or so ago .....

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These are my 4 at 4 weeks (May 28th). It looks to me as they are 2-3 weeks older in your September 1st photo
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These are the same 4 at 2 months (July 4th)
 
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One of your sexlinks could definitely be laying. My easter egger was my first to lay at 16 weeks.
Both sex links look like this one, named B2 ..... Come to think of it , they were larger than the rest ..... I did get them at Rural King, so the ages might not have been accurate.

Does this one look of laying age ?

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