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3 1/2 month olds laying already?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Crash812, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. Crash812

    Crash812 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two Americanas, and Black Australorp, and a golden sexlink. One of them started laying yesterday. Got a second egg of same color and size today. Are one of these know for starting to lay so young? Should I move them of the chicken starter feed and go to layer pellets?
    Thoughts?
     
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    The browns on the right are my old RIR's.
    The two on the left are the new eggs. More red in color.
     
  3. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would guess the golden sex link... If you're dying to know who laid the egg you can get a little personal with your girls and probably see which pullet is laying the egg. Chickens who aren't laying yet will have a small, dry vent. Chickens who have started to lay will have a larger, moist vent. There's also the trap nest but I'd hate to do that to a young pullet who's just getting to know what it's all about. There's also probably a difference in comb size/color between the one who is laying and the ones that aren't. If you have a game camera that's another way-- or if you're home over the weekend, start checking nest boxes frequently and note the time range the mystery egg appears- then the next day keep an eye out around that time and after ...

    Food wise, read what's on your particular brand's bag-- not sure if layer pellets are too soon for the others or not. You could also do switch to flock raiser in the mean time which is meant for all age/laying status birds and start putting out oyster shells for the calcium... or just keep going on the starter and put a dish of oyster shell ...
     
  4. Crash812

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    My Australorp has the biggest and brightest crown.
     
  5. chickens really

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    Yes, start layer pellets and oyster shell...They will do great. Congrats
     
  6. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since their sooo young,can they be mated with by roosters,sorry kno hsi isn't my thread I was just very curious.
     
  7. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If a chicken is laying she's probably receptive to the rooster. However, and maybe someone else will chime in on this - with the pullet eggs being quite small, I wonder how that affects viability of the chick inside. Some of my pullets started off laying 1.2-1.4oz eggs (pee-wee eggs). By comparison, a normal large egg is 2.0 oz+, so there's a big disparity in size- the chick can only grow as big as the shell allows.
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Once the Rooster is breeding the hens the eggs will be fertile..It depends on the hens eggs as which get fertilized...The strong good eggs will produce a Chick if all things with the egg are right. Small fart eggs or Pullet eggs are not going to grow a chick.
     
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  9. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know,but they seems so small still and young I was wondering if they would really submit...
     
  10. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    If The Rooster is breeding he is doing it because he is ready...Not Shooting blanks.
    It is the Hens eggs that need to be nice sized and ready to create the chick. Fertile eggs are fertile no matter what, if the rooster is breeding the hens. It just takes a good egg to grow a chick.

    Was that helpful? I hope so....
     

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