Still Learning - At what age does Araucanas start laying?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by masschix, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. masschix

    masschix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just starting out with my first batch of Araucanas and not sure about their laying. I've been told several different things...they're not good layers, they won't lay until they are a year old, etc.... Any advice would be great!

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  2. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Are they true purebred Araucanas (rumpless) or are they hatchery chicks? If hatchery birds ( hatcheries might call the Ameracucana or Araucana but really the are Easter Egger or "EE") I would say to start looking for eggs around 20-25 weeks old, depending on what season it si when they are that age (i.e. if its the dead of winter it might take longer).

    If the are EEs they've been cross-bred for better egg production, most likely.

    If true purebred Auracanas, I think you're right and they don't lay terribly prolifically... there's someone on this board who breeds them who might be able to advise...

    Good luck!
     
  3. masschix

    masschix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are from a hatchery...so more than likely they are not pure bred. They are currently 2 weeks old, so they won't be 20-25 weeks until the very end of September.
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Around 17-20 week old.
     

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