Do bantams start laying sooner than standard chickens???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by erin0415, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. erin0415

    erin0415 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 12 week old silkies, and I have several that started crowing last week. I have never had my standard chickens crow so early, so I was wondering if I could expect them to lay earlier than the standards.

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  2. maymiegirl

    maymiegirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they generally do. Silkies are a little slower than other bantams.
     
  3. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Not really. It seems breed specific. Some bantam breeds even lay much later and I think I heard silkies are one of those. My oldest japanese bantam hen started laying this week at about 25weeks. Some standards lay quick, some you wait forever on, and the same with bantams.
     
  4. RW19290

    RW19290 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Your silkies are so cute!!!!!!
     
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I've got a 36 week old banty cochin who still hasn't given it up... [​IMG]
     
  6. erin0415

    erin0415 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies. What I had read from others writing is that silkies are a little slow to lay. The boys strangled crowing cracks me up. They haven't quite got it down.
     

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