3 Black Orpington 23 weeks old

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Crs1, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. Crs1

    Crs1 Songster

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    C94A904C-4240-44A1-A21E-7577D6712F6B.jpeg E7395CD0-B3DD-49EC-95A1-73EC856A9D0B.jpeg I think 2 are pullets and one is a roo.
    The pullets have not started laying and the roo has not cock-a-doodle-dood.
    Is it the breed?
    They are pretty large birds
    Any reasons why?
    Thanks
    Connie
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    I believe the first bird is a cockerel. They are notoriously slow at maturing. He will crow and they will lay - perhaps not until spring.
     
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  3. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Crowing

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    Orpingtons are very slow maturing. The typically don't start laying until around 8-10 months of age depending on what time of year it is. Mine don't start laying until they are around 10 months old depending on how cold early spring is. Truth be told if you bought English Orpingtons for layers you should have bought another breed.
     
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  4. JedJackson

    JedJackson Free Ranging

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    Agree with sourland.
     
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  5. DobieLover

    DobieLover Free Ranging

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    Cockerel in first picture. Pullets in second.
     
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  6. Crs1

    Crs1 Songster

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    I bought the eggs only because I had a broody they were supposed to golden laced Orpington. But I guess the maturity issue would be the same.
    They are big beautiful birds anyway!
    Thanks
    Connie
     
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  7. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Crowing

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    Ok cool. I love the shape of English Orpingtons. I raise several colors even though they lay so poorly.
     
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