earliest layers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crystal94040, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. crystal94040

    crystal94040 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm just starting to get anxious about getting eggs in the next couple of months. I'm a first timer and I'm wondering when I should expect eggs. I've heard 4-6 months but I'm wondering if it varies by breed? And once they are all laying regularly how many eggs a week do you think we will have (ballpark)

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    1 australorp, 1 plymouth, 1 delaware
    2 Buff Orpington's and a Red Star.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Most likely your Red Star will be an early layer because that's what they're bred for. The others can vary; seems this year alot of breeds we used to know would lay between 18-22 weeks have been laying WAY late, like my Speckled Sussex girl, who just laid her first egg at 29 wks and 2 days old, about as old as my Buff Brahma when she started. You expect it of a Brahma, but not a SS.
     
  3. bluerose

    bluerose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 BO's and a RIR- I think 3 of them are laying (2 BOs and the RIR I suspect) now, one for the past 2-3 weeks and two over the weekend.

    They were born in the beginning of June- so 5ish months old.

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  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Those are all good layers - you'll have the occasional day when they all lay. 4 or 5 should be your average in spring and summer.
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    The earliest first egg I ever got was from a Golden Buff hybrid, and she layed her first egg at 17 weeks old.
     
  6. gordonburrito

    gordonburrito Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most likely 4-5 per day..... so something like 31-35 a week.
     
  7. KimM

    KimM Out Of The Brooder

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    About half of mine started laying at 5 months. The rest kicked in between 5-7 months, except for 2 that are not even laying yet at 9 months (a Brahma and a Silver Wynadotte).
     

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