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Question on pullets

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by houseofclucks, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. houseofclucks

    houseofclucks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, I have 5 pullets, 3 RIR and 2 Barred Rocks. The breeder I bought them from I could expect eggs by late July or early August. A few of the birds are larger than the others and therefor, older. My question is this....Can you tell by the size of the comb on a developing bird that it's getting close to start laying? Will the hen be mature in the way they look, ( full coloring, comb development, ect.) before they start laying? Thanks!
     
  2. @migocontodos

    @migocontodos Out Of The Brooder

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    Most chickens will come into lay around the 20th to the 22nd week.
    (NOT ALL)
    As they begin to lay their combs will become a bright red color.

    Hope this helps.
    Todd
     
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    houseofchics, pullets usually begin to lay around 20 weeks of age. Brighter combs is a sign they are becoming more mature. Being patient and waiting for results is about all you can do. No guarantee comes with mother nature, but good feed and clean water, along with healthy living conditions for you pullets will provide lots of fresh eggs.

    bigzio
     
  4. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    I too am impatiently waiting for laying time. My kids keep asking when we are going to get eggs. But boy are we having fun with the waiting. The girls are just starting to free range a little in the evening. My husband and I sat outside for a hour or so the other night watching and laughing. The little buggers took a dust bath in my new flowers, upside down and goofy. Grr-argh, but they like the dianthus a little too much.

    Karen
     

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