What is the EARLIEST that your girls started laying.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by epeloquin, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am curious, I see lots of people in here chomping at the bit for their girls to begin laying which I totally understand! My girls are a rather mature 8+ weeks and I can't wait. But I am curious to know what is the earliest you have had girls start laying. (I need something!)
     
  2. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    I know it's hard, but dot get too antsy! The earlier they lay the more prone they are to laying issues later on down the road. Good luck!
     
  3. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would never want them to be harmed and I am totally fine with my girls laying in their own good time, which I suppose is exactly what they'll do anyway. Seriously, I am just curious to know what kind of range their is in when girls start laying.
     
  4. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My new chickens just started laying- well one of them did, my red star- which makes sense because that's what she was bred for- my other girls: black australorp, blue cochin, cuckoo maran, and welsummer (possibly a mix she is quite small and leggy) have not started laying yet. They are all just 5 months old. My previous flock of Barred Rocks did not lay until they were nearly 7 months old. It is so exciting once they start laying [​IMG]
     
  5. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    Hmmm,
    I think I remember someones pullet laying at 17 weeks!
     
  6. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See, that's what I find interesting. One girl laying at 4+ months and another at 7. Interesting...
     
  7. spiritdance

    spiritdance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Dutch hens started laying at 16 weeks, and my bantam cochins around 5 months. All my larger pullets started between 6 months (the sex links) and 7 months (BRs, Delis)
     
  8. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am fairly ned to raising chickens and still learning a lot. What is a 'sex link' and why do they seem to lay earlier?
     
  9. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my pullets started laying at 18 weeks.
     
  10. wingsofglory

    wingsofglory Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Comet, a "red sex link", started laying at 18 weeks.

    A red sex link is half Rhode Island Red. The other half can be a line carrying the silver gene I think, to make red female chicks and white male chicks. So the red color is linked to the sex of the chicks and it matters which parent is red - I think the hen must be red. Not all color genes are linked to male or female.

    The one parent is Rhode Island Red, and the other parent can be White Rock, Delaware, White Rhode Island, White Leghorn, Silver Lace Wyndotte. May be others. The hens grow up red with some white underfluff and/or some white tail feathers.

    If one parent is Rhode Island Red, and the other parent is Barred Rock, the chicks are Black Sex Links. Can also be sexed at birth. The hens grow up black with gold around the neck, and roosters are barred black.

    Depending on line and mix, the Red Sex Links have different names like "Comet" "Indian River" "Red Star" Hyline Brown, ISA Brown, Cinnamon Queen, Hubbards, and newer names every year. Some names are registered trademarks, some are fanciful names given by the hatchery. I think Comets are patented by Hubbard, which company is big in chicken genetics. Sex links are not a breed, so one cannnot make more by mating a red sex link hen to a red sex link male - the chicks inheirit different gene percentages and aren't exactly like the hen.

    Rhode Island Reds have always been very good egg layers. Over the last century they have been intensively bred to lay more and lay earlier. Some lines are called "Cherry Eggers" and "Production Reds." (some might have had leghorn added at some point.) Production Reds can be mated and the chicks are more Production Reds.

    I wonder if Fayoumi may have been added at some point to trigger earlier laying as they mature at 14 weeks. Many Fayoumi were used in research at university research programs. Laying at 18 weeks is much earlier than traditional heritage breeds which lay at 24 to 32 weeks, some even later. Which I wonder if the earlier laying gene came from Fayoumi because the difference is so dramatic - a four and half month wait versus a six to eight/nine month wait. If anyone knows more about this, I'd like to know for my research.
     
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