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Hen laying at four months?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by honeybunny, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. honeybunny

    honeybunny Out Of The Brooder

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    My barred rock pullet is only a few days away from being four months old. She's been separated from her mother so this definitely isn't her mom's. I found the skin of a shelless egg in her setup(which is in the coop, and I don't think someone would coincidentally roll a shelless egg in there somehow). There was also a wet spot where she probably bit it and ate it...

    This is a bit early I'd think, especially since my other hens born in late spring started laying the next early spring because of our gray, rainy weather. But maybe it's because it's been pretty dry and sunny over here(luck I suppose!)?

    I haven't switched her over to laying feed yet... Should I?
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is early for BPRs, mine started at 20 weeks or longer. That may be why it was soft shelled, the egg started before the rest of her egg tract was ready. At this point, 16 weeks, she's near enough to what is regarded the Point Of Lay that layer won't hurt her.
     
  3. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    x2. My BR's started laying at 18 weeks.
     

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