Chicks / Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by happyrooster, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. happyrooster

    happyrooster Out Of The Brooder

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    How old are chicks when they start to lay??
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Anywhere from 17 weeks to 12 months old. Depends on breed and strain.
     
  3. happyrooster

    happyrooster Out Of The Brooder

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    What breeds start to lay the earliest and are medium to high producers??
     
  4. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    I think leghorns and production breeds (sex links) start laying the earliest - and lay the most, too.
     
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  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    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.
     
  6. BooneChicks

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    pictures of the chicken in question would help and make us happy!
     
  7. ChickenPrnces

    ChickenPrnces Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about cochin bantams? How old do hey start??[​IMG]
     
  8. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Late, sorry. They're more slower maturing. Maybe 25-30 weeks old?
     
  9. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    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.
     
  10. happyrooster

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    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.
     

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