Heritage RIR and egg laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greathorse, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know it is the time of year for us to begin wondering if they will ever lay. I have some very nice heritage RIR that are now 28 weeks and none laying and really not seeing bright red combs. I see all these RIR starting to lay at 16-18 weeks. Do the heritage lines just in general take longer to start, or is it just this set of birds? I have about 20 of them I am thinking they should haved started by now.

    Anyone else have the Heritage lines that take some time to start?
     
  2. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    Are you sure of their age?
    Did you hatch them or buy them as chicks?
    I'm not familiar with "heritage" RIR. I have a "plain old" RIR hen. She started laying at 20 weeks. She was my first of last years' hens to lay!
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, the heritage lines do lay later, gnerally. I have three of them and they started about 29-32 weeks.
     
  4. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes very certain of the age, I bought them as day old chicks. I know these ladies will lay but starting to get a bit impatient.

    Sounds like I may have a few weeks left to wait if Speckled Hen is any indication. Such nice birds I am very anxious for them to get started laying.

    I hope to have a fall hatch and have some layers rolling in the spring.

    Thanks for the input
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I just sold my "real" RIRs [​IMG] They were slow to start, but once they started they were very consistant layers.
     
  6. Brick243

    Brick243 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Greathorse, it won't be much longer, and they will be laying. Mine started laying at 28 to 30 weeks old.
     
  7. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    katy I really like my RIR they are such a great looking bird. I had no idea when I started looking for the old style that they would be so different from the hatchery stuff. Their color just stops me every time I look at them.

    You want back into the Reds let me know, I know these guys will lay sometime and I should have a bunch of eggs when they do.

    I managed to find some of the old Mohawk line that goes way way back.
     

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