At what age do Black Australorps begin to lay their first eggs???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TwoCrows, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the word

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    My Aussie girls are 17 weeks old tomorrow. They are just now beginning to get their combs and wattles in and a couple of the girls are beginning to get red in the combs and wattles just a bit. I am going thru 50 pounds of chick starter a month and I am down to my last bag. So I am not sure if I need another bag.

    So my question is, at what week should I start to see some eggs?

    Thanks...Leyla [​IMG]
     
  2. SIMPleChick

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    At 17 weeks you can have them on lay feed now, they can start laying at any time now!
     
  3. Artemis Fowl

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    Probably in a few weeks.
     
  4. swmalone

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    I would go ahead and switch to layer feed. I would love to see pictures of your australorps. I have one that is 16 weeks and she still has a tiny comb and waddles and hardly any red.
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the word

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    Quote:Here they are this past weekend. The girl in the middle, Pearl is really getting her comb and wattles in now!

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  6. swmalone

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    Nice looking birds and that stump they are on is a great idea. I have such a small yard that I can't build a big coop so I have one of those chicken arks that I move around the yard, but I do let them run around in the evening. I might have to find an old stump like that. My buff orpington has huge comb and waddles that are getting bright red, I think my black australorp is just a little behind yours.
     
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  7. TwoCrows

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    Thanks for all the great replies! Yes, they do love to climb around on that burly log. I see them up there every evening. There is also an old wooden ladder in the back that they like to perch on too.

    Well, I will keep my eyes open for my first egg! I am so excited already and I am sure I will burst with joy when I eventually find it!

    Thanks all....Leyla
     
  8. meowmmy65

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    My Australorp just turned 14 weeks and her comb and wattle is already getting reddish - more so than my other 5 hens who are the same age. I think she will be my first to lay. I'll have to see if I can find a picture. It's so exciting. I can't wait to get my first eggs!
     
  9. goldtopper

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    This is Alexis at 22 weeks. She's now 26 weeks, comb and wattles much bigger and brighter. She has not laid yet and just started squatting a few days ago.

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  10. Nonny

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    My three started laying after about 26/27 weeks.
     
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