I see other posts asking "how long before we see an egg?" So I am posting to show how the ages can vary when the girls start to lay. My RIR girls are 19 weeks old TODAY, and I got my first eggs. I am so happy I got my girls from Ideal in June for the purpose of eating eggs. My flock has increased since then and my direction has changed. I got into Delawares for breeding and plan on phasing out all of my hatchery birds for breeder birds. But now that I have my first eggs at this early of an age, I may keep those Ideal gals longer than I had planned.