laying age?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by newchickmom, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can someone with australorps give me an idea when they should start laying? And what do I need to do before they start to get ready? Mine are 16 wks old now.
     
  2. kayri

    kayri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Australop (Tips) was the first of my chickens to lay at about 18-20 weeks.

    I guess you need to build a few nest boxes, if you haven't done so already, (depending upon how many hens you have) and I started feeding them all layer pellets also.

    good luck, the first egg is so exciting!
     
  3. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I have 20 hens and 1 roo and 8 nest boxes. I was wondering how soon I should start them on the layer feed. A couple of them have combs that are starting to get a little darker red. I have 1 with a really odd looking comb, it is very small and dark instead of pink.
    I am getting very excited about getting my first egg.
     
  4. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone else with australorps? Is 18-20 wks the norm for them? Does kayri have gifted hens?[​IMG]
     
  5. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine were about 23 weeks old when they started......now waiting for them to start again after molt and cold weather ! start layer feed after they start laying [​IMG]
     
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