How old is a typical Buff Orpington when she starts to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by S*T*A*R, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. S*T*A*R

    S*T*A*R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Buff Orpington that is a month older than my other five chickens. However, my white leghorn ( one of the younger ones ) laid her first egg yesterday ( YAY ), but my Buff Orpington hasn't laid once. [​IMG] Is my Buff Orpington a late layer, or is she/he a rooster? [​IMG]
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    BOs are late bloomers. Mine just started laying recently and they are 26 weeks this week. So I think they started 24-25 weeks. One pullet from the BOs hasn't started laying, yet.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Hmmm...my BO hatchery girl started at 21 1/2 weeks, but I think they're like people...some mature quicker than others. I wasn't expecting her to lay until around 24 - 26 weeks...
     
  4. Zed3

    Zed3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have three that are 25 weeks and no eggs. Three of my barred rock started laying at 21 & 23 weeks but I am still waiting for the other three.

    Zed
     
  5. S*T*A*R

    S*T*A*R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the quick answers! So you're all assuming that she is a late bloomer, and not a rooster, right? [​IMG]
     
  6. MakNugget

    MakNugget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine started at 25 weeks, so far it laid 5 before it took a day off today.
     
  7. Yardbirds286

    Yardbirds286 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three BO's, and they are all different to some degree. Pumpkin, she is huge with red comb, and wattles. I think she will lay first. Then there is Lucy. she is my runt, and she is no where near ready. They are 20-21 weeks old. Good luck with your girls. I guess we wait. [​IMG]
     
  8. andythescot

    andythescot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my two started at about 6.5 months old, and the other waited another two weeks.

    Good cluck!
     
  9. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    S*T*A*R :

    Thanks for all the quick answers! So you're all assuming that she is a late bloomer, and not a rooster, right? [​IMG]

    It's pretty easy to tell if you have a rooster or not. By this point you would be seeing some of the secondary sex characteristics coming in- saddle feathers, pointed hackle feathers, and possibly spurs. BOs are late bloomers whether they are male or female, but at this point you should be able to formulate some suspicions as to whether your bird is a male or female.

    Good luck.​
     
  10. S*T*A*R

    S*T*A*R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok as far as combs go for BO hens, they're very tiny, right? [​IMG]
     

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