When can I expect our first eggs from these breeds...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wordgirl, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

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    Buff Orpingtons

    Australorps

    Gold Sex-Links

    Black Sex-Links

    Plymouth Rocks


    When did your girls start laying?
     
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  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

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    I think all those breeds, with the exception of the Plymouth rocks, start laying early. Every bird is an individual, but mine recently started laying at 17.5 weeks, and now I believe 7 or 8 of 9 are laying at 20 weeks (EEs). You typically won't see them start before 16 weeks, and 26 weeks is considered average.
     
  3. lovinlife

    lovinlife Songster

    I've always heard that 4-6 months is the norm. Last year, I bought six pullets from a local feed store. I got them on July 25 and they were a few days old. They started laying the middle of October. They were only 12 weeks old. I bought some chicks in May of last year and they were laying the first week of August, which would have made them 12 weeks old. Do they start laying at a younger age in warmer weather?
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

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    Your sex links will start laying at week 20... the others will follow shortly thereafter.
     
  5. Buff Orpingtons usually start at 20 to 22 weeks.

    Red sex-link like golden comets I have heard some say 15 weeks but I am looking for around 20 weeks as well.
     
  6. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

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    Quote:Wait – 'Gold Links' are actually Red Sex-Links?
     
  7. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

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    Quote:Your chickens started laying at TWELVE WEEKS OLD??? That would mean our girls would be starting in less than ten days! What breed are they?
     
  8. kittyariel

    kittyariel In the Brooder

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    My sex links are 14 wks and no eggs , when should I start putting hay in the nesting box???
     
  9. stpaulchick

    stpaulchick Hatching

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    ive just always kept hay in the nesting boxes
     
  10. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Songster

    My Barred Plymouth Rock was 20 weeks and 5 days when she started laying. She hatched Feb. 11th.
     

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