Early layer

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickengirl47, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Chickengirl47

    Chickengirl47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday, my pullet layed an egg and she's only 4.5 months old. Is it possible for a pullet to lay an egg that early? I'm trying to figure out if she really laid an egg or my brother put another egg in there and tried to trick me. None of my other chickens the same age have laid anything. Thanks!
     
  2. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    idk since i'm new but what breed of chickens do you have?
     
  3. Chickengirl47

    Chickengirl47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barred plymouth rock, (the one who layed the egg maybe) and a buff orpington,austrulorp, & a chantecler.
     
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  4. beefmaster

    beefmaster Out Of The Brooder

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    yes they can start laying eggs at 18wks old.so its not unusual.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Is her comb larger, red and generally more developed? That's a sign of maturity and thus readiness to lay. If her comb is small and light pink, it's probably a trick.
     
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  6. Chickengirl47

    Chickengirl47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, her comb is red, and she has the largest comb out of all of them!
     
  7. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Then she is probably the one that laid. :)
    My brother would so do that!! [​IMG]
     
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I've had ISAs start laying at 16 weeks. Production strains, or quick maturing strains of Barred Rocks can indeed reach POL at 18 weeks. A high protein diet seems to speed maturity as well.
     

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