What did your barred rocks look like when they started laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ohju1ia, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. ohju1ia

    ohju1ia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2013
    Ball Ground, GA
    What did your barred rocks look like when they first started laying? Mine are 21 weeks old. Their faces are red, but they have small combs and waddles. I'm just curious.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Their combs and 'wattles' will enlarge significantly when they are ready to lay.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    A well bred Barred Rock won't start laying until well after 30 weeks.


    The genetics of the true bred Barred Rock will only allow the maturity to move so quickly.

    Hatchery Barred Rocks often lay much earlier, somewhere around 24 weeks, but this comes at a cost to crisp barring and true Rock type in the body. They've snuck a lot of Mediterranean blood in there, to speed everything up.


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