Average age to start laying for certain breeds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by blurose, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. blurose

    blurose Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2008
    Winston, Oregon
    Here is a list of the 26-week old pullets that I have. I know that only 6-7 of them are laying currently. I have 34 of these pullets and consequently feel I should be getting a lot more eggs per day. Can those of you in the know please offer an opinion on the age that each of these breeds should be starting to lay? I've got 5 white egg layers but only get 3 white eggs a day, and I'm certain that only one of my EE is currently laying.

    Cuckoo Maran
    Partridge Wyandott
    Partridge Chanteclar
    Partridge Rock
    Brown Leghorn--already laying, I'm certain
    Ancona--maybe already laying
    Golden Brabantar--maybe already laying
    Speckled Sussex
    Black Australorp
    Spangled Russian Orloff

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    From your list I have only had experience with speckled Sussex and they started laying around the normal six mos, A Barred Rock laid her first egg 5 mos to the day that I recieved her as a 3 day old chick, but these girls started laying during the spring, the colder weather we are getting now can cause tham to start later.
    I also have 2 EE hens that started around five mos, but I have had so hens go all the way to 9 mos before they started.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I'm not convinced there is a meaningful average age to start laying, let alone by breed, especially for hatchery stock. I keep reading on here that Buff Orps don't lay until they are 26 weeks, yet I had three of 7 laying by 20 weeks, one of them at 18 weeks. The one that started laying at 18 weeks is not going to be a keeper either. She lays irregularly and lays a lot of double yolk eggs. I consider that makes her more likely to be eggbound or to prolapse. I prefer those that lay a regular egg regularly even if I have to wait a bit on them to start.

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