australorp eggs

chickengeorgeto

Crowing
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Australorp hens in my humble opinion are the Forest Gump's of the poultry world. Therefor they may be a little slow to start laying. These birds take a while to reach adult size. Mainly because they are multi-purpose hens. In their current form they are bred with one of their originators eyes on the nest box and the other eye on the frying pan.
 

crunchymama11

Chirping
Aug 31, 2018
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Australorp hens in my humble opinion are the Forest Gump's of the poultry world. Therefor they may be a little slow to start laying. These birds take a while to reach adult size. Mainly because they are multi-purpose hens. In their current form they are bred with one of their originators eyes on the nest box and the other eye on the frying pan.

:lau So far this has been my experience.

My BA was hatched May 7 and still no eggs, although she has started squatting the last 2 days so :fl. She and my runt EE are the last of my small flock to lay- the other 3 hens have been laying for weeks. My BA is also my biggest. She is a big girl. I barely see her eat and I ration food so she is not just stuffing her face all day. But yeah- we could definitely eat her.
 

Clousic Chicks

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May 20, 2015
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Two of mine started laying just after 24 weeks. My others are hatchmates and haven’t yet so I think they might be a week or so younger. The two laying definitely have well developed combs and wattles, and definitely squat when I approach them.
 

Acre4Me

Crossing the Road
Nov 12, 2017
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We have 3 BA, hatched Feb 28. They started laying in July, around 20 weeks old.

Combs and wattles will get red, and they get friendlier, it seems as they get close to laying. One went broody only a few weeks after starting to lay, and in Sept we slipped chicks under her, then it took her about 4 weeks to start laying after getting chicks (which she mothered beautifully).

Our three are pretty consistent layers of 5 eggs per week (sometimes 6/ week).
 

aart

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Nov 27, 2012
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18-28 weeks is the average age for onset of lay in most breeds.
Time of year and diet can influence when they mature enough to ovulate.
This late in the year with days still shortening,
you may likely have to wait until well after Solstice.
 

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