Australorps-Earliest Age of Laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by new2chickens2011, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. new2chickens2011

    new2chickens2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2011
    Hi all,
    My Australorp hen is about 18 weeks old. This is my first flock and so I don't know when they'll begin to lay. Her comb and wattles have been getting bigger and redder recently.
    What is the earliest age your Australorps started laying?
  2. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    for some reason, my girls always seem to be late bloomers...with that said, the shortened days of winter will affect your girl's egg laying time. Mine are like 26 weeks now, and I still have not seen my first egg. I have been keeping a count down so to speak on another thread with others... This may give you some idea of ages that other people's girls began laying. Hopefully, yours will lay sooner than mine have so far. But being winter, I would just give it time. She will lay when she is ready, and not a day sooner.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2011
  3. Lightfoote

    Lightfoote Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2011
    I just began keeping chickens this past summer and my first few (three pullets and three cockerels, initially. I have since re-homed one young roo, and am looking to re-home one more) were Black Australorps. Mine were hatched in May, and I took possession of them in mid - July. The pullets began laying on Sunday, November 20th, and after skipping only a couple of days during the first week, I am now seeing an egg every day, and some days two. I suppose you can do the math - I don't know their exact hatch date, not having hatched them, but they were from show quality stock, so they likely matured more slowly, albeit with a steady, well-rounded diet.

    I eagerly await the onset of increased hours of daylight, and reliably gathering three eggs a day at least five days a week!

  4. sadies0111

    sadies0111 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 18, 2010
    I only have one black austrolorp, and I didn't get her until she was around 6 weeks old, so I don't know her exact date of birth, but she began laying around the 5 month mark, and that was even in winter...all my 4 hens started laying at the same time/age. I was surprised they were so young, and that they started laying in February in Wisconsin. You never know when they'll start, though.
  5. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    New Jersey
    My Black Australorp wil be 24 weeks tomorrow and no eggs yet, we are playing the waiting game.....[​IMG]
  6. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    I have 7 ausies and the first one layed at 21 weeks and all were laying by 24 weeks. These are from cackle hatchery tho and I think if you have SQ pullets they mature a little slower and may take a little longer to start laying.If you have a pullet whose comb and wattles are getiing red and bigger it shouldn't be long. The wait can seem to take forever but will pass.
  7. acw123

    acw123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2011
    I had read that Australorps mature early and could start laying around 18 weeks, alas my 5 waited until 22-24 weeks.
  8. new2chickens2011

    new2chickens2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2011
    Quote:Yeah, I had read the same, but everyones seem to start later.
    Thanks all!
  9. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    26 weeks for one, 30 weeks for the other, still no eggs from one girl and she is 9 months old! she did finally do the chicken squat lol,
  10. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2010
    Safford, Arizona
    I have to austrolorps and both lay their first at 18 weeks.

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