How old were your RIR's when they started laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tdub4chiks, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    Constantia, NY
    I know it's a little soon for my girls. They are only 13 weeks old. I have heard that they can start laying as early as 16 weeks or as late as 23 weeks.

    How old were your RIR's when they started laying?

    Thanks for any input.
  2. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    Mine were born April 19th and I have one (or 2) that have been laying about a week and a half. So they are 1 week shy of being 5 months old. I went out of town for 5 days last week. DH found an egg in the garage a week ago Wednesday, while I was gone, of course. He kept looking for more and never found any. I looked behind the nest boxes in a gap between them and the wall and found 6 more on this last Wednesday. So, either 1 is laying everyday, or 2 or more are laying more sporadically. Dont know yet how many are laying. It sure is fun finding them!
  3. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2009
    Good morning. What type of RIReds do you have? Production or Heritage? I have a friend who has production reds that started to lay around 5 mounths but my heritage reds were born on the 23rd of January and they haven't started to lay has of yet. I did some searching on here and was told that heritage reds could take up to 8 or 9 months. [​IMG] Talk about patience, it's killing me [​IMG]. Hopefully they will soon start [​IMG] Good luck with which ever breed you have and enjoy them. Chickens are so much fun. Have a great day and God bless!
  4. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    Constantia, NY
    So that makes them about 20 weeks old when they started laying. It's funny where they end up leaving their eggs. Thanks for letting me know.
  5. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    Constantia, NY
    Quote:I'm not eggsactly sure which type I have. Out of 4, two look to be heritage and the other two look like either production reds or NHRs. The other two are a little lighter than the ones I believe to be heritage.

    I've only been in the chicken biz for 3 mo now. lol Still learning.
  6. huntinfamily

    huntinfamily Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 15, 2010
    I don't know exactly when they are supposed to start but most of mine were laying by 6 months old and two didn't start until they were almost 8 months.
  7. TomG

    TomG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Lake Oswego
    I have two RIRs one started laying at 18 weeks, the other is just starting at 22 weeks. My golden sex link started at 16 weeks. My barred p rock eats, poops and tries to fly a lot.
  8. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2010
    Yorktown, Virginia
    One started about 24 weeks and the other almost 26 weeks!!
  9. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I have 3 production reds, and the first one started at 18 weeks and all were laying by 22 weeks. I hear the heritage RIRs take longer to lay, and also lay less, but they produce eggs for awhile.
  10. Marion565

    Marion565 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine were 19 weeks and 4days when I found the first egg and it was layed in one of the nestboxes, eventhough they freerange all day. Smart hens.
    This just happened yesterday.
    Today no egg but I am patient now that i know that they can actually lay. [​IMG]
    Love my chickens [​IMG]

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