How long should it take for a BO to lay full size eggs?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Leslie in Suffolk VA, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Leslie in Suffolk VA

    Leslie in Suffolk VA In the Brooder

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    I have had several small flocks of various breed pet chickens over the years, and this time I have four Buff Orpington pullets purchased at a chicken swap Nov 25 last year. Two weeks ago the smallest, lightest colored pullet, with comb and wattles just beginning to redden, surprised us with a light brown egg not much bigger than the ones laid by bantams I've had in the past. 2"long, but about one third the weight of the XL eggs I get from my two year old red sex link. The "BO" lays every other day but the eggs are still the same size. Never before has a full size hen of mine laid such small eggs so long. The seller said all he grows are BOs - but could I have flim-flammed? Could this hen's daddy be a bantam? My chickens get layer mash, clean water and lots of greens, and are kept in a clean coop with a wire run.
     
  2. FeatherMtnFarms

    FeatherMtnFarms Songster

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    My Buff actually laid small eggs for quite some time, like yours. Nothing to worry about she's just taking her time:)
     
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  3. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy:ya to have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
     
  4. m1chelle1

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    Hmmm...how long has she been laying small eggs for exactly? Also, can we get a pic of her? :)
     
  5. FeatherMtnFarms

    FeatherMtnFarms Songster

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    A pic of an egg would be good too, just for size comparison?
     
  6. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens!

    It can take a couple of months for the eggs to get a big as they will get for the first year. The eggs will often be bigger after the first adult molt.
     
  7. FeatherMtnFarms

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    Cool fact, didn't know that:)
     
  8. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! Mine usually tend to take about 10 weeks until the average egg size levels out when plotted on a graph (yes, I really do that with my pullets :gig) but I have never kept or raised Orpingtons.
     
  9. m1chelle1

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    Agreed. Didn't know that could be normal. My BO's didn't develop like that. Good to know. Thank you, BYC educator :hugs
     
  10. MissNutmeg

    MissNutmeg Crossing the Road

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