new to this chicken thing.... NEED HELP

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by duckman11032, May 1, 2009.

  1. duckman11032

    duckman11032 Out Of The Brooder

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    hey guys I am a duck raiser who took it to a different level today I bought 3 rhode island reds and a other layer chickens

    I have raised birds before, but when do they start laying eggs???

    I have herd about 6 months old, and after that they lay 1 egg a day

    anyways I have some rhode island reds and barred rock

    let me know

    any help is great!!!

    thanks

    michael
     
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Hiya!

    My Barred Rocks all started around 18 weeks, and I get between 4 and 6 eggs a day with 6 of them. I know Reds are a little better about an egg every day, but I think you'll usually get 4 or 5 eggs a week from either breed.

    I LOVE my Barred Rocks, and I'm sure you will, too.

    If your birds are already grown, you can expect them to wait a bit to settle in with you before laying- maybe a couple weeks.

    If they're younger, you'll see your first eggs around 6 months.

    Welcome back to the chicken addiction! Once a chicken addict, always a chicken addict!!

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  3. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

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  4. duckman11032

    duckman11032 Out Of The Brooder

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    ya im new to it..... and excited....

    I have 5 total chickens
    they are about 3 weeks old

    so I am looking at 6 months

    I have 2 barred rock and 3 rhode island reds

    michael
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    It's just such a great hobby. I have 2 BR and 3 RIR and 37 other chickens now!
     
  6. GoldenSilverLaced

    GoldenSilverLaced Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a silver laced wyandotte and a golden buff, both started laying after roughly 4 months of age, and I get 1 egg/day from each of them typically. The golden buff produced large-extra large eggs almost every single day...maybe once/month she misses a day. The SLW lays 5-6 medium eggs/week, not bad at all.

    I think it is breed dependent; golden buffs, according to the catalog I ordered the girls from, are the top brown egg layers, and SLWs are considered to be excellent layers as well...both breeds are also cold/very cold hardy and they laid eggs throughout winter.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of chicken owning! [​IMG]
     
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I've got an RIR who laid her first egg around 7 months of old. That's a bit late for this breed, but it was December. She's been a faithful layer ever since, laying about 5-6 eggs/week.

    Our barred rock was a sweetie. She, too, started laying in December. She laid big, gorgeous eggs for a few weeks. We didn't know it but she was sick. She eventually died and we were heart-broken. We loved the BR personality so much that we just added another to our flock. The newbie chick is a week old and is already taken upon herself to try to get out of the brooder on her own as soon as possible. I think she'll make it in another few days.
     

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