A Late Layer or Something Else ???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ms Grit, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Ms Grit

    Ms Grit New Egg

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    Well, today my daughter brought in a "First" egg from one of my Rhode Island Reds, or what appears to be a "First" egg. The confusing thing is that during the summer, I added three new girls to my henhouse (I now have 8 hens and 1 rooster) and they were 16-18 weeks old at the time, which would put my youngest hens at approx 40 weeks old. The egg is about twice the size of a quarter, the same size as most of the other "Firsts" we have gotten. It seems to me that 40 weeks old would be late for a first egg, isn't it?
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    It's a bit on the late side, but within normal limits. We are spoiled by all those early laying production breeds out there, so we expect all birds to start laying young. I just had a new layer start. That layer would be about 48 weeks old. She is a late bloomer.

    Enjoy the new eggs.
     
  3. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens born in May just layed her fist egg today, and one of her "siblings" still hasn't... I'm patient!
     
  4. Ms Grit

    Ms Grit New Egg

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    Thanks for your responses. I am only 3 years into this and do still have some of my original girls, so I don't add newbies very often.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I agree. My latest layer so far has been at 38 1/2 weeks. Two of em actually, dark brahmas.
     
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