When should my chickens start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RhodeRed596, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. RhodeRed596

    RhodeRed596 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 17 4 month-old RIR hens that I got from Mcmurray last spring. I have raised chickens before, but never
    RIRs. So does anybody know when the should start laying?
     
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  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    There are many, many strains of RIR out there, so no one can say with certainty.

    20 weeks should do it. I seriously doubt your pullets will wait much longer than 22 weeks on the outside. The only strains that typically lay earlier are the hybrids such as the Red Sex Links, which are bred primarily for the commercial egg industry where super early lay and profuse laying is desired.
     
  3. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Like Fred said..... X-2
     
  4. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My RIRs started at 19.5 wks
     
  5. Heathero617

    Heathero617 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    There are many, many strains of RIR out there, so no one can say with certainty.

    20 weeks should do it. I seriously doubt your pullets will wait much longer than 22 weeks on the outside. The only strains that typically lay earlier are the hybrids such as the Red Sex Links, which are bred primarily for the commercial egg industry where super early lay and profuse laying is desired.

    I wouldnt bet on that, I have a red sexlink, she's about 18 weeks old and nothin! Comb has still not turned red my barred rock has turned red already but not my red. I'm getting a bit inpatient to be honest. I'm ready to hide an egg under her at bed time just so i can find one in the morning!!!!!!!!! LOL​
     

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