Average time for Buff Orpington, Barred Rock & Ameracauna to start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 3littlechickies, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. 3littlechickies

    3littlechickies Chirping

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    HI! [​IMG]

    My chicks are only five weeks old but I am so excited for them to lay! [​IMG] I was wondering about what time they will start to lay? I know average is five to six months but I was just wondering! [​IMG] Thanks!
     

  2. five is my dog

    five is my dog Songster

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    my ameraucana didnt start until about 27 weeks the others i dont know i just got orp and barred babys too so i guess ill find out.
     
  3. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

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    Amercaunas are late layers- 6-7 or even 8 months is normal. My barred rock at 16 weeks has a red comb and I think she did and egg squat tonight. I don't know, this is my first BR. Buff orpingtons are a little later in developing, start really anticipating eggs at 22-24 weeks from them.
     
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  4. lazy gardener

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    Where did you get your Ameraucanas? If they came from a hatchery, they most likely are EE, even if they were labeled Ameraucana or Araucana. My understanding is that true Ameraucanas are slower to start laying. I got birds identified as Araucanas from Murray McMurray this spring, and they started laying at 16.5 weeks. Other factors entering into the mix are birds nutrition, and day length at the time they are nearing sexual maturity. My girls got a mix of regular starter/grower and multiflock grower which is 26% protein. They were also hatched March 1, which gave them a head start in reaching maturity very close to the summer solstice. I LOVE my EE, and they lay blue to aqua colored eggs, have delightful personalities. Have gotten much friendlier since reaching maturity.

    I can't tell you anything about BO or BR, however, I think you have a wonderful mix of breeds. A lot of people like those breeds.
     
  5. Chicks Galore3

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  6. 3littlechickies

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    Thanks Everybody! [​IMG] I got my Ameracauna at a feed store. So I don't really know if she is a EE or a real Ameracauna but I love her no matter what she is! [​IMG]
     
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  7. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

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    Same here!
     

  8. five is my dog

    five is my dog Songster

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    i bought 3 from my feed store and ended up with one real ameraucana 1EE and one i dont even know what the other is.
     
  9. 3littlechickies

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    five is my dog , how did you find out what they are? A dna test?
     
  10. cestial225

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    I picked up three BR chicks the second week of March and one just started laying last week.
     

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