Which of these breeds might lay the first egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chirpy, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    My daughters are really wanting to know which chicken laid our first egg ... thus another question:

    I've seen info here and there about this breed starting to lay at 19 weeks and this breed starts to lay at 23 weeks, etc.

    Does anyone know where there is a source that tells most/all of the breeds and at what age they usually start to lay eggs?

    Does anyone know at what age the following breeds start to lay eggs:

    1) Australorps
    2) RIR
    3) Red Sex link
    4) Hamburg
  2. KrisRose

    KrisRose Songster

    Mar 9, 2007
    Davison, MI.
    Chirpy- The Red Sex Link is the one probably laying first. Mine started laying at 16 week to 17 weeks. I have 4. Don't know about the rest, my guess would be RIR, Austro, than Hamburg.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I say red sexlink, then RIR, but don't know much about the other breeds. If your RIR is really a production red, like hatchery RIR, she may tie with the sexlink.
  4. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Songster

    Feb 25, 2007
    Southern WV
    The first one to lay will probably be the Red sex link, then the RIR.
  5. Kelly FG

    Kelly FG Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    I vote for the red sexlink too, mine layed early & only skipped one day till she was 15 months old. Now she lays almost everyday.
  6. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Yep red-sex link. The ultimate egg laying machine.[​IMG]
  7. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Kudos to everyone who voted Red Sex link. I caught her this morning giving us another beautiful brown egg. That's five eggs in her first seven days!!
  8. mommahento5

    mommahento5 Songster

    Jul 6, 2007
    South East Indiana
    Yup...was just going to agree with everyone else! I had one lay on Friday and the others today (or perhaps the one who laid Friday laid again today, in which case one has not laid yet!) They were 18 weeks old yesterday.
  9. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Just for future information I thought I'd update.

    Our Red Sexlink was 17 1/2 weeks old when she laid our first egg.

    Today, our approximately 20/21 week old RIR laid her first egg.
    It was much smaller than the Red Sexlink's first egg but was laid much earlier than I had expected.

    This getting eggs thing is fun![​IMG]
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    YAY! It's egg season again!

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