rhode island reds

trisha_51(5 Nebraska)August 24, 2013

Our chicks are 19 1/2 weeks; waiting for eggs any day now. :) Except that we have 34 pullets! Have to find a market for some eggs! Butchered one of the roosters last weekend, but he seemed on the thin side. Guess we'll wait a while longer on the others. When did your rhode islands start laying?

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bigamie(z5 IL)

Mine is 20 weeks and I think she is getting ready. Her wattles are turning bright red. I think I would wait awhile to butcher also. She seems smaller than the other breeds even though she was a big fatty chic. Aren't they so fun I just love my hens. Very glad I don't plan on eating any of them. Whew

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cherig22(MO 6a/6b)

In my experience, my hens don't start til at least 6 months, most a little older than that. heritage breeds take longer than those bred to lay for the big egg farms. Love my Reds, they are great layers once they start!

Cheri

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 6:18AM
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