Does anyone know how old do buff orpingtons have to be to start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JLfarm, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. JLfarm

    JLfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 37 pullets from hovers hatchery and they will be 28 weeks on October 30 and still no eggs. So I was wandering if this was normal.
     
  2. ellie32526

    ellie32526 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, 28 weeks are you sure you have females? Mine took a long time to lay but that is because I was expecting them to start laying at 16 weeks. That was a bit too soon, they all did start laying at about 20-22 weeks. That was an agonizing wait. I cannot imagine why they would not be laying. Are they overweight? I read somewhere that chickens can get too fat and stop laying.
     
  3. JLfarm

    JLfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No I don't think they r over weight and I'm sure they r all females bc I could tell the 2 males right away because of their saddle feathers.
     
  4. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long ago did you bring them home? How dark/cold is it where you are? When chickens are moved from one home to another they can get stressed and not lay for a while...also fall is starting to come on and that will affect their laying.
     
  5. JLfarm

    JLfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got them when they were 3 days old. I live in Louisiana so not very cold. Ok thanks I just can't wait for those first eggs
     
  6. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mkay, well 28 weeks is a little on the long side, but still not unheard of...when the days grow shorter in winter it can affect laying. I have a young pullet that was given to me that hasn't started yet either. It's a toss-up for first-year pullets to lay through the winter, but most do....good luck.
     
  7. JLfarm

    JLfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks
     
  8. JLfarm

    JLfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope yours lay soon to
     
  9. ellie32526

    ellie32526 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know its tough but its worth the wait. They will lay soon.
     
  10. Cooper Farms

    Cooper Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched some not to long ago and it took about 22 weeks for most to start laying i did have one lady that took like 25 weeks. But I realy like them I think they r the friendliest chicken and started laying sooner then any one the RIRs of then same hatch
     

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