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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jeremy Parker, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. Jeremy Parker

    Jeremy Parker Out Of The Brooder

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    You all are waiting for eggs at 20+weeks.

    My girls gave me an egg at 16weeks it was extra small but n egg! they are now 18 weeks and i'm getting about 2 dozen week and some are large! I'm hoping by 20 weeks all the eggs will be close to large!! Wonder what I'm doing different than you all??
     
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  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:you probably have production egg laying birds where most others that have long waits have longer maturing birds not bred for egg production but for show-the wait still rots though:)
     
  3. Jeremy Parker

    Jeremy Parker Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:you probably have production egg laying birds where most others that have long waits have longer maturing birds not bred for egg production but for show-the wait still rots though:)

    Sorry to correct you but these are not production egg layers my Family has been raising these birds as dual purpose birds for 3 generations now, Grandma first got in the 20's.We start with chicks and grow them kill off the roosters and keep the girls for eggs! I kept 3 roo's so I can do some more chicks in the spring! My birds are plymouth rocks!
     
  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:you probably have production egg laying birds where most others that have long waits have longer maturing birds not bred for egg production but for show-the wait still rots though:)

    Sorry to correct you but these are not production egg layers my Family has been raising these birds as dual purpose birds for 3 generations now, Grandma first got in the 20's.We start with chicks and grow them kill off the roosters and keep the girls for eggs! I kept 3 roo's so I can do some more chicks in the spring! My birds are plymouth rocks!

    Nice-I dont have those but I do have some other birds that laid at 18-20 weeks that are not production or dual purpose-I got lucky I guess? LOL
     
  5. Loving My Peeps

    Loving My Peeps Chicken Whisperer

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    Mine also laid at 16 weeks old....all except for my white leghorns. They started to lay at 21 weeks. I blame it on the beautiful weather and bright sunny day s of summer. They were born in the middle of March and most were laying in the middle of July. Since the sunny days are now gone by I'm getting fewer eggs eggs and my 1 white leghorn who is remaining broody has not returned to laying yet....urhggg.
     
  6. FlashPointFarm

    FlashPointFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Different lines of the same breed can differ tremendously. You should post some pictures of your Rocks! A lot of folks would like to see them, including me!
     
  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens are living creatures, not egg laying machines. Just as girls reach maturity at different ages, so do hens. It can vary considerably.
     
  8. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    It's great that you are getting eggs from your chickens so early OP, but studies have shown that hens that lay earlier also stop earlier and are more prone to laying issues so I would be prepared for that.

    I would also like if people could stop comparing a chicken laying an egg to the female reproductive system. It's just not the same and frankly I find it distasteful.
     
  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:[​IMG] to both statements.
     
  10. bjash

    bjash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 11 RIRs (production) that started laying at 20 weeks. For the past few weeks we've been at around 3-6 eggs/day, but just yesterday we hit 9/day [​IMG], so I think some were holding out on us. [​IMG]
     

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