Barred Plymouth Rock Lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jhook1997, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. jhook1997

    jhook1997 Out Of The Brooder

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    I can't seem to find any info. on WHEN a Plymouth Rock Hen might start laying. They are 12 weeks old and I also have White Leghorns that are 16 weeks old. At this point they free feed all together so when can I start laying mash? Do I need to seperate out the (3) 7 week old RIRs when I start the mash?

    Thanks,
    New to Chickens
     
  2. 12304

    12304 Out Of The Brooder

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    i would say 6 months maby a little less
     
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would start the laying pellets when you get your first egg. You won't have to separate the others they will be old enough to eat the feed as well. About the BR laying she will lay when she's ready. You will want to add some oyster shells when they start laying as well. I have a sepe[​IMG]rate feeder for my oyster shell . The shell will help keep the egg shells hard.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Barred rocks are later than the super fast breeds, but earlier than some of the real slow to POL breeds. 20-22 weeks is pretty average for hatchery BRs.

    As for feed, Flock Raiser and offering shells free choice solves a lot of feeding two separate feed issues. Once your BRs are 19 weeks, the feed issue is pretty irrelevant anyhow.
     
  5. billl2099

    billl2099 Out Of The Brooder

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    our 3 barred rocks just started laying tuesday of this week, they are appox 26 weeks old, as of this morning they have layed 5 eggs. i have 6 laying nests set up but all 3 use the same nest
     
  6. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    Barred rocks are later than the super fast breeds, but earlier than some of the real slow to POL breeds. 20-22 weeks is pretty average for hatchery BRs.

    As for feed, Flock Raiser and offering shells free choice solves a lot of feeding two separate feed issues. Once your BRs are 19 weeks, the feed issue is pretty irrelevant anyhow.

    X2 I had 1 BR lay just over 19 wks and the other 3 by the 22wk, and the feed issue Freds assumption is they way I would go.​
     

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