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

wordgirl

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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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SpringChickens

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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.
 

lovinlife

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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?
 

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

wordgirl

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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?
 

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