When Do Hatchery RIR and Barred Rocks Start Laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PluckyClucker99, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. PluckyClucker99

    PluckyClucker99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wondering when my hatchery Rhode Island Reds and Barred Plymouth Rocks will start laying. Right now they are about 3 and a half months, wondering when I should start supplementing oyster shells and placing nest liners and golf balls/ ceramic eggs in the nesting boxes. Will they start laying around the same time, and will it be in a month, half a month, 2 months or more like 1 and a half months? I have read that 4 months is early, but not uncommon, and also 6 months is a little late for hatchery but also not uncommon. If it makes a difference, my rooster (the same age) has been crowing for a good 2, 3 weeks and is starting to grab onto their neck feathers and attempt to mount, but the ladies run in circles and shake him off. The wait is just killing me![​IMG]
     
  2. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't have RIR now but in the past when we got them from a local hatchery they all laid right at the five month mark.
     
  3. Renee572

    Renee572 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My RIR and 2 barred rocks are 21 weeks tomorrow and still not laying. 1 br looks to be getting close but the other br and rir don't look close, I'd say probably another month for them at least! :/ I want eggs!!
     
  4. Sara H.

    Sara H. Just Hatched

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    Hi! So, when did your RIR's and Barred Rocks start laying, then? I have 3 BR and 2 RIR, all about 19 weeks old. One BR and one RIR still don't have their full comb and wattles, yet. The others all look like they are ready to lay, and we have heard some uncharacteristic squawking, but when we go look, there are no eggs. We are very anxious to be getting some eggs from these ladies!!!! :)
     

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