This chicken came from the McMurray hatchery as a definite breed of chicken but I have been told otherwise. She started laying eggs at 21 weeks exactly and has been a laying machine laying 1 egg per day without fail. She is 22 1/2 weeks right now.
Not too surprised - the MM breed descriptor for their RIR actually references them as "our *production* strain" - which tells me they are dancing around the fact that they are not, in fact, selling true RIR birds - and the photos of the example birds on their site are decidedly NOT RIR but, in fact, PR. I think this makes me more angry than those who make mistakes out of legitimate ignorance of the truth - to purposefully use plays on words, etc to misrepresent things is just wrong. It's like the EE/Ameraucana thing - deceptive and wrong.
I think they're related. I got no complaints. "Lucy" lays a pullet egg everyday for the last 9 days. They are getting bigger and darker every egg. Out of the 14 chickens she is the only one who has started laying. She has a problem though.......... worm and grub addiction. WGA is an ugly thing and we are talking about an intervention some time this coming week.