When should my reds start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sulteric, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. Sulteric

    Sulteric Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2008
    Central Massachusetts
    I have six Rhode Island Reds I got in June so they're about five months old and finally mature (it seems from the sound and look of them).

    When should they start laying (considering the weather now)?
  2. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    I have RIRs and RIR mutts, and mine are usually anywhere between 23-28 weeks for the first egg, though that's from an admittedly small sample.

    You should see the combs, faces, and wattles getting much redder as they get close, and see them starting to take an interest in your egg boxes around that time.

    My first-year birds have always laid through the winter, they just slow down somewhat ... though I'm in Maryland so a bit further south than you are. I would still expect that you'll be getting some eggs in about 3-4 weeks from the first few to lay.

    It will also vary a fair bit by individual bird. I've got some from this spring that have been laying for about six weeks now, and one that is closing in on week 30 with nothing yet ... and they're all out of the same roo (but a variety of hens) and were hatched together.
  3. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    My RIR were between 25-28 weeks old when they started to lay.. They are now 32 weeks old and lay almost every day. Their eggs were much larger than the BR and BO to start with and they now lay a 'large', prefect shape, nice dark brown egg..
  4. rstampa

    rstampa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    Tampa, Florida
    I know you've been waiting it seems forever for your girls first egg. But you may have to wait a few more months. If they were born in June they may not start laying until late December or January. I think they're still a little young yet. But it won't be long. You'll see.
  5. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Chillin' With My Peeps

    I got my chicks on April 18th and got my first eggs on August 25th, (in week 19 if I'm not mistaken) out of 2 production reds.
  6. Crow_Magnon

    Crow_Magnon Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 28, 2011
    Old thread, but hoping to revive it because I've got two reds - 28 and 30 weeks - who don't seem anywhere close to laying (really small combs, not very red, despite free ranging and all sorts of dietary attention). Got them at 16 wks in November, so chalked Dec and Jan up to taking the winter off, but everywhere I turn I read about reds never taking winters off. Am I missing something?

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