Why did my 2 month old chicken lay an egg already?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Foghorn-Leghorn46, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. Foghorn-Leghorn46

    Foghorn-Leghorn46 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just started raising backyard chickens about 6 months ago, so i'm still kinda new at this, but i have a flock of Red Stars, Rhode Island Reds, and White Pearl Leghorns. I found a egg in one of the nest boxes yesterday that was brown and very small. So it had to be either one of my Red Stars or a Rhode Island Red. There only 2 months old, are chickens supposed to start laying that early?? and why is the egg so small?

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  2. newchik715

    newchik715 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is pretty unheard of...are you without a doubt certain it is 2 months old and not older?
     
  3. Foghorn-Leghorn46

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    They all were 1 day olds on June 21st. I do have another flock. 10 Jersey black Giants. There 4 months, and i've read that it takes almost a year for them to start laying. So it would still be early for them too.
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Although that is very dark for a Jersey Giant, it is your only possibility. The earliest one can lay is 4 months, which isn' t incredibly rare. I have Araucanas who naturally should begin at 6-8 months, but started for me at 4 months, possibly because of their vastly diverse diet with free ranging.

    2 months is REALLY young for egg laying.

    It does not take Jersey Giants one year to lay, that is a common myth.
     
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  5. Foghorn-Leghorn46

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    Yea thats what i thought, So when is the average time a Jersey Black Giant starts laying?
     
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I would assume the normal 21 weeks, but most owners are telling me theirs are taking anywhere from 7-11 months. Mine are 19 weeks old and are beginning to display signs of laying. . . Maybe I'm lucky? Already all my "late bloomer" breeds are actually laying earlier than my "average starters."
     
  7. newchik715

    newchik715 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'd put money on the JG's...not the 2 month olds.
     
  8. Foghorn-Leghorn46

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    Could you email me or something when yours start laying, so i can have a idea when mine will?
     
  9. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Sure thing, I'll email you when they do. [​IMG]

    Now that I noticed your whole image is dark though, those are certainly Jersey Giant eggs - At first those looked dark brown, but I noticed your whole picture is dark, so yeah. . . If the egg is kind of pink or light brown in color, it's a Jersey Giant egg. And congrats!
     
  10. Foghorn-Leghorn46

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    Thanks, just cant wait for the eggs to be normal size. lol
     

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