Egg at 16 Weeks??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jdford, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. jdford

    jdford New Egg

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    Hi All,

    First post here and an exciting one as we got our first egg from our 4 cream legbars this morning. My fiancee went outside around 7am and heard some crazy noises in the coop and saw a bunch of shavings being kicked out. We didn't look inside until later but surprise!! We didn't even have our nesting box ready yet because I thought we weren't getting eggs until September. Is this crazy or were they older than we were told when we got them?

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  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC and congrats on that beautiful first egg![​IMG]

    When it comes to pullets laying, it really is hard to predict. Sometimes they begin laying when they are sixteen weeks old and sometimes when they are 8 months old. There is nothing wrong with your pullet laying at this age--if fact, you're quite lucky![​IMG]
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  3. jpalmatier83

    jpalmatier83 Out Of The Brooder

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    Congrats!!!

    Yeah, depending on the breed and the individual chicken itself they can lay at a pretty wide range of ages.

    I had white leghorns start laying at 14 weeks and was just as surprised as you. The eggs were so tiny lol
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I'd say they are older than you think......how old did were you told they were when you got them?
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    I've had birds start laying at 16 weeks. What are you feeding them? Extra protein can promote earlier laying.
     
  6. jdford

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    There were apparently 5 weeks old when we get them in early May. This is what they looked like on the day we got them. I've fed them a bag of Starter Feed from TSC until finished and now they are on a Layer Feed from Rolling Acres. They also get a good variety of treats, yogurt, barley pearls, oatmeal, rice, vegetables and a bit of fruit now and again. I let them free range in the back yard 5-6 times a week to snack on bugs etc.
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    5 weeks looks about right, it can be really hard to tell tho around that age unless you hatched them yourself or got them as a day olds.....
    ....so they could have been a couple weeks older.
    Cream Legbar are usually not one of the earlier layers.
     
  8. jdford

    jdford New Egg

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    So 1st egg was Sunday morning an no 2nd egg yet! Is that strange?
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Nope.....it can take up to a month or so before things smooth out and get 'regular'....and some birds don't lay daily ever.
     
  10. jdford

    jdford New Egg

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    Egg #2 today! And in the nesting box! Will 1 nesting box enough for 4 hens?

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