How old are Barred Rocks and Buff Orpingtons when they start to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by elabraleon, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. elabraleon

    elabraleon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2010
    I'm wondering when to expect to see some eggs from my girls. We have 2 buff orps and 2 barred rocks. They're 14.5 weeks, so I'm thinking sometime in 4-8 weeks? Or is that too optimistic? We do have a heat lamp in their coop.
  2. AJ666

    AJ666 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2010
    La Crosse, WI
    My BO was about 5 months. She started squattinga bout 2 weeks before she started. Dont have a BR though.
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    My BOs took around 6 months. And the eggs will start out small ("pullet eggs") and get larger with time.
  4. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Start looking at about 19 wks. That is when to open nest boxes and put fake eggs in. The winter weather may slow them down a bit though.
  5. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    21 weeks when my Buff Orp's started laying
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2010
  6. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    22 to 33 weeks for my BRs and my friends BOs started at 20 weeks.
  7. Muscovies

    Muscovies Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree with ChickensAreSweet about 6 months
  8. The Rancho

    The Rancho Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 2, 2010
    I have a barred rock that just laid on the 23rd for the 1st time. She was 21wks 3days and it had been fairly cold too!
  9. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    As you can see there's a variety of answers. I know someone with a 9 month old BR who STILL hasn't laid. Just don't expect the earliest.
  10. Chickenkate17

    Chickenkate17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    My BR is almost 20 weeks and no eggs, but she has a huge red comb!

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