Egg Laying Help: Japanese Bantam Egg Production???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kat's Silly Chickens, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Kat's Silly Chickens

    Kat's Silly Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a BTB Japanese bantam that was hatched 10/13/2010 and we are wondering at what age she will start laying eggs.
    She was accidentally put in our chick order, and we know nothing about her breed.
    We have her in with our Sultan roo and hen, and if our roo mates with her we will have mixed chicks, but how long before she even starts laying?

    Can anyone help me with this?
     
  2. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure about your breed, but my BSL and Br were hatched 9/15/10 and have been laying for a month.
     
  3. Kat's Silly Chickens

    Kat's Silly Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our Barred Rocks and Cochins started laying early February, but they are 5 weeks older than our Japanese Bantam. I haven't been able to find out the laying age for Japanese Bantams tho.

    Thank you for trying to help SassyKat6181.
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Several bantam breeds take longer (7-9 months) to start laying. I've never had japs as chicks but only 2 of the 4 hens I have now are laying and they don't even lay every day.
     
  5. Kat's Silly Chickens

    Kat's Silly Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you Shelley, another question if you can...
    If we were given fertile eggs would our Japanese Bantam set on them at the age of 22 wks, or should we wait til she starts laying her own before adding eggs?
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    She probably won't go broody until after she starts laying herself, but when she does (go broody) you can give her whatever you want her to hatch [​IMG]

    If she's only 22 weeks old I'd give her at least another month before I would expect eggs. Is her comb turning red yet?
     
  7. Kat's Silly Chickens

    Kat's Silly Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's sleeping already, but I'll check in the morning. I think it's between peach and pinkish.
     

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