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Buff Orpington question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Daisyjaye, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Daisyjaye

    Daisyjaye Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 21, 2011
    Are they usually slow to mature? Their combs and waddles are really pink compared to everyone else's. Plus they are really laid back and wait for everyone else to finish before they will even try to get any of the treat I am giving them.
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Yes, and non-hatchery stock are even slower at growth. [​IMG]

    They're naturally a pretty calm, laid-back breed. The combs and wattles are often paler because they don't, or at least shouldn't, get as big as many other common breeds.
  3. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    I would say yes. I had one in addition to three other breeds and we call her the baby because she still has tufts of chick down and is smaller and, well, still acts more like a baby chick than a chicken.
  4. Kathleen1115

    Kathleen1115 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 21, 2011
    I have two Buff Orpingtons, one Gold Laced Wyandotte, one Partridge Rock, one RIR, and one Ameracauna. The Buffs are right on the upper end of the mix. My Wyandotte seems to be the slowest.
  5. KimM

    KimM Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2011
    I've heard they tend to be low in the pecking order which does seem true. Mine just started laying at 9 months old so I guess that's pretty slow to mature. She is a sweetie though!
  6. joeyg4583

    joeyg4583 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    I just got my first orpington egg today after about 9 months [​IMG] so I concur, much slower.
  7. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    Quote:Maybe for some flocks they are low on the pecking order but my buff orpington hen, Buffy, is above my RIR/Game mixed hens that she lives with(she chose which flock she wanted to live with when she started flying). They don't dare mess with her but she is more calm than some of the others around humans. She and her sisters were slow to start producing eggs but when they started I got an egg a day from each.

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