EE laying age?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by scraig724, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. scraig724

    scraig724 New Egg

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    I am finding all kinds of conflicting information on when EEs lay. I got my girls in June (2 australorps, 1 EE). They were full grown and not laying yet. My australorps began laying about 2 weeks after getting them but my EE has yet to start. She screams at the roo if he tries to mount her and her comb is finally starting to redden. Am I at all close to get starting? I was hoping she'd go before the cold weather hits and my other two slow on their laying.

    *pic from the day she arrived*[​IMG]
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    My EE was hatched back in early December and had not laid. She started squatting and getting redder a month ago. The other pullets (no EE) I got at the same time, same age, started laying by April. (Sigh). I've read they lay late and 8 months is typical.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I would imagine that since EE's are not a breed, but a combo, they will not necessarily follow any "expected" age of laying (if such do exist, my pullets have not read the manual).

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  4. snywalker

    snywalker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It really depends what they are a mix of. Some lay really early, some really late.
     
  5. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    EEs aren't just any random mix/combo/mutt... Otherwise they wouldn't have been able to derive other breeds from them. They just don't have a "standard".
     
  6. scraig724

    scraig724 New Egg

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    Thanks for the replies! Looks like I'll keep watching her like crazy and hoping it's sooner than later *fingers crossed*
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Since Easter Eggers have not been bred to any sort of standard, there is a huge range for what is 'normal'. Some start at 18 to 20 weeks, others don't lay until they are over 30 weeks.
    Hatchery sourced Easter Eggers are NOT mixed breeds. They just haven't been bred to a common standard.
     
  8. Darrahs

    Darrahs Out Of The Brooder

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    Our EE pullets are 25 weeks yesterday and no eggs or even squatting yet.
     

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