First eggs in winter?

GoatsandGuineas

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I have "teenage" Brown Leghorns and Easter Eggers all hatched on August 11. The Brown Leghorns are supposed to start laying at about 18-20 weeks. The Easter Eggers at 20-24 weeks. That would put the Leghorns laying around mid December and the Easter Eggers around mid January. Since this would be their first eggs, should I expect eggs at that age, or will they be later due to the cold winter weather?
 

Sally PB

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It's not the cold that hinders laying, it's the short hours of daylight. (Unless you're in the southern hemisphere.) So your pullets might lay any time, but they might wait until January and the days start getting longer.

How red are their combs and wattles? If they're getting brighter red, they're getting close to laying. If they're still pink, they have a way to go.
 

GoatsandGuineas

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It's not the cold that hinders laying, it's the short hours of daylight. (Unless you're in the southern hemisphere.) So your pullets might lay any time, but they might wait until January and the days start getting longer.

How red are their combs and wattles? If they're getting brighter red, they're getting close to laying. If they're still pink, they have a way to go.
They hardly have combs at all. The BLs have a bit, but the EEs not at all. These aren't all of the ladies, but very representative of how much of a comb the girls from each breed have.
 

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crystlln

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I'm curious if your chickens have laid yet? I have four that hatched on August 29. First chickens I've had. Barred rock, Rhode island red, Australorp, and Easter Egger.
 

crystlln

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So exciting! Pullet eggs are so cute. Hopefully just a couple/few weeks for me then! I need to get a nest box out there.
 

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