Barred rocks and light Sussex laying age?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by janelle18, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. janelle18

    janelle18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all!
    I have barred rock hens and light Sussex hens who are 18 weeks old now! I was wonder what age these breeds usually lay at? My LS hens combs are quite red compared to the barred rocks. Do they usually lay earlier ? I want some Eggs! I can try and add some pictures if that would help!
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    It all depends on where you got them. Hatcheries strive for production - ie: focus more on eggs than breeding to standards. A heritage barred rock pullet will take her time coming into lay - sometimes up to 30 weeks. A hen from a hatchery will give you eggs much sooner (usually), so 20 weeks is the average lay time. Have any started to squat for you yet? That's a good sign of eggs on the way. [​IMG] It looks like this.
     

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