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When do Buff Orpingtons start laying?

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Like how old/how many weeks old are they when they start laying eggs?

2 german shepherds, a beautiful, amazing 4 yr. old Paint horse named Miss Priss, 1 cat and 7 buff orpington pullets, 5 brahma pullets and 1 brahma cockeral!!!!! RIP my dear mini lop rabbit Shimmy......we will never forget you girl. You will always be in our hearts.

Happy are those who dream dreams and do whatever it takes to make them come true. I LOVE MY HORSE!
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2 german shepherds, a beautiful, amazing 4 yr. old Paint horse named Miss Priss, 1 cat and 7 buff orpington pullets, 5 brahma pullets and 1 brahma cockeral!!!!! RIP my dear mini lop rabbit Shimmy......we will never forget you girl. You will always be in our hearts.

Happy are those who dream dreams and do whatever it takes to make them come true. I LOVE MY HORSE!
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post #2 of 30

There is no set rule for when chickens will lay...but a good rule of thumb is 19-24 weeks on average. Think of it like humans..not every female hits puberty at the same age...kind of the same thing here. big_smile

Having said that, I have 2 BOs that are the same age. One matured much faster than the other. She laid at around 22-23 weeks and the other was 26 weeks.

You should be able to tell that they are getting closer when their combs & wattles grow & everything on their face turns bright red. Also, you should see the egg squat...Mine also made a tremendous amount of noise...

Full time nurse, part time Grad student. Living with 1 very tolerant husband, a newborn baby girl, 1 chihuahua, 1 Norweigan Elkhound, 1 talkative tabby cat & 3 chickies (Priscilla Presley (BO), Ginger (Golden Comet), Chicken Sally (BL)), and loving EVERY minute of it!
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Full time nurse, part time Grad student. Living with 1 very tolerant husband, a newborn baby girl, 1 chihuahua, 1 Norweigan Elkhound, 1 talkative tabby cat & 3 chickies (Priscilla Presley (BO), Ginger (Golden Comet), Chicken Sally (BL)), and loving EVERY minute of it!
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post #3 of 30

I think my girls were between 24 - 26, but it all depends on the hen / pullett.  Once they do start laying though they are egg machines!

1 Buff Orph, 2 Splash Orph's,  1 Barred Rocks, 1 Speckled Sussex, 2 Light Brahma's, 2 Greyhounds, 2 Sugar Gliders, 2 Teil's, 1 Gecko, some fish, 3 kids, and a husband!
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1 Buff Orph, 2 Splash Orph's,  1 Barred Rocks, 1 Speckled Sussex, 2 Light Brahma's, 2 Greyhounds, 2 Sugar Gliders, 2 Teil's, 1 Gecko, some fish, 3 kids, and a husband!
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Originally Posted by MaKettle 

There is no set rule for when chickens will lay...but a good rule of thumb is 19-24 weeks on average. Think of it like humans..not every female hits puberty at the same age...kind of the same thing here. big_smile

Having said that, I have 2 BOs that are the same age. One matured much faster than the other. She laid at around 22-23 weeks and the other was 26 weeks.

You should be able to tell that they are getting closer when their combs & wattles grow & everything on their face turns bright red. Also, you should see the egg squat...Mine also made a tremendous amount of noise...


Ok thanks! lol My pullet's combs and wattles are still very pink.

2 german shepherds, a beautiful, amazing 4 yr. old Paint horse named Miss Priss, 1 cat and 7 buff orpington pullets, 5 brahma pullets and 1 brahma cockeral!!!!! RIP my dear mini lop rabbit Shimmy......we will never forget you girl. You will always be in our hearts.

Happy are those who dream dreams and do whatever it takes to make them come true. I LOVE MY HORSE!
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2 german shepherds, a beautiful, amazing 4 yr. old Paint horse named Miss Priss, 1 cat and 7 buff orpington pullets, 5 brahma pullets and 1 brahma cockeral!!!!! RIP my dear mini lop rabbit Shimmy......we will never forget you girl. You will always be in our hearts.

Happy are those who dream dreams and do whatever it takes to make them come true. I LOVE MY HORSE!
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post #5 of 30

I have 8,,19 week old hens.. I just got my first egg yesterday!!!celebrate  Wasn't sure who laid it but today I had another one and there was an orange feather on it.. So it had to be my Buff Orpington.. My buff Orpington's have always had barely a comb and wattle light in color and I'd say just in a weeks time it got bigger and darker but still not as big as my australorps and barrocks have gotten. So I was surprised it was the Buffs that are laying first.. I really felt they were getting ready to lay,so I decided to change there feed from the medicated to the laying feed..The feed store said to wait till they are 21 weeks but I really felt at 18 weeks they would be laying real soon.. I was right and I'm so glad I switch just in time..So in my case my Buffs layed at 19 weeks!!

April- married 16 years 2 kids 9 and 3
Hens: 2 black australorpe, 2 buff orp, 1 barrock, 1 dominique and 3 brahmas
And I have a huge Rottweiler named Diesell (he protects his chickens)
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April- married 16 years 2 kids 9 and 3
Hens: 2 black australorpe, 2 buff orp, 1 barrock, 1 dominique and 3 brahmas
And I have a huge Rottweiler named Diesell (he protects his chickens)
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One of the things I've learned on here is that everyone's experience is different..which has been a great thing since I was getting hung up on the timing of the egglaying. How surprised was I to find that my golden comet laid at 15 weeks and has been a machine ever since. Who would've thought that one would lay so young?? So ya just never know..

Full time nurse, part time Grad student. Living with 1 very tolerant husband, a newborn baby girl, 1 chihuahua, 1 Norweigan Elkhound, 1 talkative tabby cat & 3 chickies (Priscilla Presley (BO), Ginger (Golden Comet), Chicken Sally (BL)), and loving EVERY minute of it!
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Full time nurse, part time Grad student. Living with 1 very tolerant husband, a newborn baby girl, 1 chihuahua, 1 Norweigan Elkhound, 1 talkative tabby cat & 3 chickies (Priscilla Presley (BO), Ginger (Golden Comet), Chicken Sally (BL)), and loving EVERY minute of it!
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post #7 of 30

My three BO were 27 and 29 weeks old when they started...

2 RIR, 2 BO, 1 BR,  4 true Ameraucanas, 2 Black Copper Marans  --looking to add a few SLW, GLW and Blue Copper Marans --Oh, the Chicken Math!!!
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2 RIR, 2 BO, 1 BR,  4 true Ameraucanas, 2 Black Copper Marans  --looking to add a few SLW, GLW and Blue Copper Marans --Oh, the Chicken Math!!!
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post #8 of 30
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Originally Posted by Dixiedoodle 

My three BO were 27 and 29 weeks old when they started...


This give me hope.  My oldest gal is 28 and half weeks old!   idunno

Wonderful family, very understanding husband when it comes to chickens, dogs, birds, one big Golden Retriever, and thankful to the Lord for all!
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Wonderful family, very understanding husband when it comes to chickens, dogs, birds, one big Golden Retriever, and thankful to the Lord for all!
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post #9 of 30

My BOs started laying around 18 weeks.

Mom to 10 barn cats, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 4 bunnies, 10 new chicks, 1 great Hubby, 8 grown kids (his and hers), and my darling 16 grandchildren.

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Mom to 10 barn cats, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 4 bunnies, 10 new chicks, 1 great Hubby, 8 grown kids (his and hers), and my darling 16 grandchildren.

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post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by newchickmom 

My BOs started laying around 18 weeks.


Ahh, 18 weeks is a good time..I'm hoping my other girls start earlier.  Do BO's usually start early>  they are big birds aren't they.

Wonderful family, very understanding husband when it comes to chickens, dogs, birds, one big Golden Retriever, and thankful to the Lord for all!
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