Australorp question / opinion needed -UPDATED *LAYING* FINALLY!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Echobabe, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. Echobabe

    Echobabe Songster

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    I purchased four chicks in May -- 2 BR, 1 RIR and 1 Australorp from the local feed store. The BRs and RIR all started laying at 21-22 weeks. The Australorp still isn't laying, shows no interest in the nests, and she's now 28 weeks.

    She looks like a hen--no roo characteristics. She's my biggest looking hen, wider and slightly taller looking then the rest when she stretches up to look.

    I looked at her feet, since I read somewhere Australorp and Jersey Giants can be mixed up at the hatchery--she's got yellow feet. But her weight is staying around 5 lbs.

    Is it possible I just have a late bloomer?

    Any opinions greatly appreciated!
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2007
  2. Kelly FG

    Kelly FG Songster

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    my australorp has black feet, i think yellow feet mean she's a jersey. my australorp started laying around 29 weeks.
     
  3. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
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    My 2 have black feet also.
     
  4. 3peeps

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    Mine has black feet and started laying at 22 weeks. I think a lot of different factors affect laying, though.
     
  5. pattycake

    pattycake Songster

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    I have Jersey Giants, three of them, and one of them started laying at 21 weeks. It surprised me because I thought they would be the last, since I'd heard they're late developing. [​IMG]

    And my Jerseys have black legs with whitish-yellowish-greenish feet bottoms.
     
  6. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
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    My Austrolorp also has black feet too!
     
  7. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I think its time for you to post a picture of this bird
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Ok, here's the scoop, fellas. Australorps have black legs with gray/white soles. Jersey Giants have black legs with yellow soles. Neither should have yellow legs. I hope I didn't get the sole part backwards, but I know the shanks in both breeds are black.
     
  9. Echobabe

    Echobabe Songster

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    Ooops--I meant yellow on the BOTTOM of her feet. Her legs and feet are black--just the soles are yellow. Here's some pics:
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  10. Echobabe

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    Yippee Skippy! Apparently she started laying today [​IMG] at almost 29 weeks! (there are four eggs in the next, and four of them--unless one of the others laid twice, which I think is impossible).

    I'll let you know if she keeps growing, and therefore is a Jersey. I am just so glad to know she's healthy!
     

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