How many week for White Leghorns to start laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Zuesdude, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Zuesdude

    Zuesdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have twenty four birds 6 sexlinks 6 RIR and 12 White Leghorns that I bought at Tractor Suppy Co. I'm getting about 21 brown eggs a day now a 23 weeks old but no white eggs from the WL.

    How many weeks before your White Leghorns stated laying eggs?

    The photo is a picture of "MARBLE", a sexlink that changed colors on me about 12 weeks. Marble is the only bird that seems to be on the bottom of that pecking order but also seems to be a different species bird with a shorter neck.

    My point is could my White Leghorns not be White Leghorns? And can you really tell what color egg a bird will lay by the color of thier ear lob?

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  2. Zuesdude

    Zuesdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. erin09

    erin09 Out Of The Brooder

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    If you're getting 21(brown?) eggs a day from 24 chickens, most likely your 12 WL aren't really WLs. LOL

    Can you post a pic of the suspected WLs?

    The pic above is an Amber link pullet.
     
  4. erin09

    erin09 Out Of The Brooder

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    And, yes, the earlobe predicts egg color.

    White earlobe = white eggs

    Red earlobe = brown eggs
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    and Amberlinks lay brown.

    looks well fed... (huge crop)
     
  6. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

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    I agree with what Erin09 said. If you are getting 21 eggs a day out of 24 total chickens and all those eggs are brown then you don't have leghorns and yes if they have red earlobes they will lay a brown egg (or a tinted egg in the case of EEs). White lobes are white eggs.
     
  7. Chickens in Elmwood

    Chickens in Elmwood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post a pic of your white birds? I have a little WL who started laying at 19 weeks and has only missed one day in two weeks, and that was the day after she laid two eggs in one day! She is an egg machine! I wish I had more just like her.

    Post a pic of your white birds if you can, so we can maybe figure out what they are. What do their combs look like?
     
  8. HBuehler

    HBuehler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The leghorns should be the first to lay out of your chickens..they start real early and lay a lot of eggs. If your getting that many brown eggs from those chickens you don't have leghorns [​IMG] Ours start laying around 18 weeks always white eggs and some of the non whites lay slightly tinted but never brown.We have leghorns in nearly every color they come in.[​IMG]
    If those are the tails of them in the picture those are not leghorn tails.
     

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