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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by happyrooster, Jan 2, 2012.
How old are chicks when they start to lay??
Anywhere from 17 weeks to 12 months old. Depends on breed and strain.
What breeds start to lay the earliest and are medium to high producers??
I think leghorns and production breeds (sex links) start laying the earliest - and lay the most, too.
The best bet is to go with Sex-Links (hybrid) Australorps, Production Reds (often sold as Rhode Island Reds) and Leghorns. All moderately early layers of a lot of eggs.
But really, any common breed/strain will lay a lot of eggs, otherwise they wouldn't sell well. Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers, Silver Laced Wyandottes, etc.
pictures of the chicken in question would help and make us happy!
What about cochin bantams? How old do hey start??
Quote:Late, sorry. They're more slower maturing. Maybe 25-30 weeks old?
One of ours started at 24.5 weeks. The other four haven't done a darn thing yet and they're now 26 weeks. Varies depending on breed, time of year, general health, environment, and individual chicken. Supposedly, you won't see anything before 17-18 weeks, and even then usually only with production-oriented birds.
Thanks for the input, I think I should ask my buddy if he is ready to start putting eggs in his incubator, I have 7 Rhode island reds and 1 leg horn he hatched last spring and they are laying very good and some big eggs, I hope he is ready.