First egg at 13 weeks!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TheMallons, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. TheMallons

    TheMallons Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 19, 2015
    To our great surprise, we got our first egg today, a lovely pinkish one that we suspect came from one of our Barred Rocks, 13 weeks to the day from when she was hatched.

    A couple of our 17 hens had gotten interested in the nest boxes lately and were showing color in their combs and wattles, so we switched them all to Nutrena laying pellets a couple days ago as we were out of feed. All natural feed, no hormones or anything. We also set some wooden eggs in the nest boxes and found one of the BR sitting on them yesterday.

    Does this seem WAAAY early to other folks? We weren't expecting eggs for another month, and thought that was optimistic.

    We have also raised NH reds and Speckled Sussex, but aren't anticipating anything from them for awhile. We had heard the barred tended to lay earlier, maybe at 18 weeks. But not 13!
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2015
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    Did you by chance put this image in a poster frame in their coop.. I know chickens like music. [​IMG]
    Wishing you best and since you are kind of new..... [​IMG]
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  3. MeeMa Brown

    MeeMa Brown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2015
    Southern Illinois
    Congratulations...I also have Speckled Sussex born July 1 so am waiting for November -January lay.
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  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I have never seen a 13 week old that is mature enough to lay. And I've raised a lot of birds.
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  5. TheMallons

    TheMallons Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 19, 2015
    ok. I haven't raised that many, so I am interested in your perspective. It certainly seemed early to me. But we didn't have any older chickens. It clearly came from that hen, and she started laying regularly after that. It did make me check my dates!
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2015
  6. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2015
    Long Island NY
    Congratulations on your first egg!! :yesss:
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