when do chickens lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jmantoo1, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. jmantoo1

    jmantoo1 Songster

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    i have 15 rirs pullets that are 20 weeks old. i thought they would lay soon but i read it takes 24 to 26 weeks is this true/ whitch is right:he
     
  2. mlheran

    mlheran Songster

    (You'd probably have better luck with answers if this was in a more relevant section.)


    20 wks is probably the earliest you could hope to expect eggs from a RIR. Leghorns have been bred to be light, fast growing, and the first to lay at around 19-20 wks (often earlier); RIRs are larger, slower growing birds, that will start laying slightly later but may lay reliably for much longer. So I'd say yes, 24 wks is a much more reasonable time to expect your first eggs (though any time after 22 wks is likely). Either way, you don't have long to wait!
     
  3. jmantoo1

    jmantoo1 Songster

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    thanks
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It really can vary. I have three RIR's that are over a year old now. The first two began laying in their 19th week, but the third didn't start till maybe 23 weeks.
     

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