who lays first?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bleith, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. bleith

    bleith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    free range or run kept birds?
     
  2. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When a chicks gotta lay, she's gotta lay.....lol [​IMG] Really I can't say but I don't think it matters if they are free ranged or not. What I think matters is the age & breed and chicks system itself.
     
  3. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whichever one is getting the optimal nutrition to mature at the optimal rate, I would imagine, whether that be from free ranging or commercial feed. :)

    I've heard of chooks on inferior feed maturing (and therefore starting to lay) later.
     
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  4. bleith

    bleith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in a suburb of Chicago and my birds range in our yard on average of 6 hours a day. They have access to water, layer feed (organic) (not that that matters) and have free choice grit and oyster shells. They also get some kitchen scraps and some scratch once in awhile.

    I have 1 delaware, 2 Black Australorps and 1 EE. abot 22 weeks old. Obviously I want them to lay, but was just curious if anyone has heard of any studies on this topic. Regardless, mine will range in yard as much as I can let them. They are the best thing to watch etc...
     
  5. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about your other breeds, but my three Black AUstralorp hybrids (crossed with ISA browns) all started around 27 - 31 weeks.
     
  6. Terrik

    Terrik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    M.sue :

    When a chicks gotta lay, she's gotta lay.....lol [​IMG] Really I can't say but I don't think it matters if they are free ranged or not. What I think matters is the age & breed and chicks system itself.

    [​IMG]
     

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