how old should Rhode Island Reds start laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bigredrooster, May 3, 2008.

  1. bigredrooster

    bigredrooster Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought 5 RIR hens and a RIR rooster today.They are 11 weeks old this week.What age should they start laying?
     
  2. alaskanhenhouse

    alaskanhenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    in my experience between 5-6 months old.[​IMG]
     
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Are they the lighter colored production strain or the heritage breed? The former will begin to lay at 18 - 20 weeks. The later is likely to be 24 - 30 weeks.
     
  4. bigredrooster

    bigredrooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Not really sure looks like the lighter ones.
     
  5. hdchic

    hdchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought some RIR hens that were 17 months old...within 3 weeks of the move they were laying. Slowly at first, but out of 8 hens, I get 8 eggs every morning now. But I am NO expert!
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My hatchery RIRs started laying at 19 weeks. My breeder quality RIR pullet, Scarlett, began laying about 21-22 weeks old, if I remember correctly.
     

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