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

S*T*A*R

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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.
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Is my Buff Orpington a late layer, or is she/he a rooster?
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CMV

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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.
 

Zed3

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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.

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S*T*A*R

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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?
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Yardbirds286

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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.
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CMV

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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?
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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.​
 

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