Does egg-laying age differ by breed?


10 Years
Mar 31, 2009
SouthEast Texas
I've read some people's chickens who start laying at 16 weeks or before and others who don't start until 24 weeks or later. That's a HUGE difference.

What's the difference? Is it breed, environmental conditions, what?
Every breed is different.

The Egg laying machines like Red and Black sex links, BR, RIR etc... usually start at about 20 weeks.

EEs, Ameraucanas... I have a blue ameraucana that is 9 months old and has yet to lay an egg.
Breed plays a large role, as well as individual genetics. I think a lot of hatchery chickens tend to lay earlier because they are more production oriented. I believe that chickens fed a higher protein feed will layer slightly earlier, as well.

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