I have just bought 2, 16 week old buff orpingtons an a light sussex!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cazzzyboy, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. cazzzyboy

    cazzzyboy Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 6, 2011
    i waz wondering if anyone can tell me when to expect my first eggs off my buff orpingtons and light sussex? That is as long as they are hens!!! :/Im new to this so please bear with me. also what i was wondering is ... do you need a cockrel to make hens go broody and produce fertile eggs? I also have 3 silkies which im kinda hoping to breed off. will a silkie cock fertilize orpington eggs? maybe just asking silly questions but just trying to learn. [​IMG]
  2. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    a place
    You should expect eggs somewhere between 18 to 23 weeks old, you don't need a cockerel to make a hen go broody, but do need one to get fertile eggs, and a silkie rooster will mate with an orpington, as well as any other breed. [​IMG] Hope this helps, and good luck with your chickens! And [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. cazzzyboy

    cazzzyboy Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 6, 2011
    thanks very much for your help. few weeks from now and hopefully ill be getting some free breakfasts!!! [​IMG]
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio

    A young hen (pullet) will begin laying around 20 weeks of age, give or take a few weeks. They will lay eggs without the rooster, but it does take a rooster for the eggs to be fertile.

    Now, a cockerel is just a name for a young rooster. Cockerels/roosters do not make a hen go broody. It's kind of a hormonal thing a hen goes through....Some breeds are very broody, like silkies, while others rarely go broody. I think buff orps do go broody occasionally. Broodiness sort of happens randomly.

    A silkie rooster might try to mate with a large fowl hen, but I think it might be difficult, although not impossible.

    Hope this helps!

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