At what age should I expect eggs? I have Ameracaunas

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sbtwomey, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. sbtwomey

    sbtwomey Chirping

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    Just wondering what age to expect eggs from my Ameracauna hens. Thanks. And when should I start giving extra calcium?
     
  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    I would give calcium as soon as she begins laying.Most chickens squally start between five to sixth months.Some May stay early as four months,while some could wait till eight or nine month.Kind of a waiting game for them.
    Is she squatting?What is the age?
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Do you have bred to standard, sourced from a private breeder ameraucana or hatchery bred, sourced from a retail store like the local co-op, "ameraucana"? The former will generally mature more slowly, lay a bit later and lay a little less prolifically. ..the latter will mature more quickly, lay sooner and be more prolific
     
  4. My ameraucanas started laying at 17 weeks, then others at 18-19 weeks.....Just a sea of sapphire blue eggs in all the nesting boxes! some fertile, hatched into 7 more birds!
    Sooo cute to watch them hatch, and mama hen watching over them
     
  5. sbtwomey

    sbtwomey Chirping

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    They came from a hatchery abd are just hitting 5 months
     
  6. sbtwomey

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    Not noticing any squatting, they are 5 months old now
     
  7. Morrigan

    Morrigan Free Ranging

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    It can vary wildly. I had one begin laying at 16 weeks which is quite early, and then another that was almost 40 weeks (!). Normal is between 20 and 24 weeks.
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    Most likely Easter Eggers then, not Ameraucana at all. Easter Eggers typically lay between 20 to 25 weeks of age. Do not be tempted to switch them to layer feed prematurely. They really need the higher protein of a grower/starter to finish off their development.
     
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  9. my 2 brown leghorns:hen-rietta and beetov-hen, didn't give me any eggs today, yet.
    Everybody else did! Just an observation..:confused:
     

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