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I know it probably gets discussed a lot...but I need some support :-)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by superjules75, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. superjules75

    superjules75 Out Of The Brooder

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    My buff orp is 26 weeks old and not even close to laying. She doesn't squat and her comb is little. Is this normal? Will I wait forever? I've seen that one guy's post with pictures of his buff orps but I'm wondering what is the longest anyone has waited...thanks!
     
  2. Fuzzy_Hat_Farm

    Fuzzy_Hat_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] unfortunately, I don't have Buff Orpington's (which I wanted), but I have a couple hens that just started laying and they never did the squat and the one I caught laying sure didn't have a comb as big as the other girls who are STILL not laying. You never know, they may surprise you soon with a little present. Hang in there!
     
  3. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    My BOs were about 30 weeks
     
  4. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    She'll get there. Some of my hybrids appear to be Buff Orp crosses, I know the alpha could be a BO. She was slower to start but is the best hen in the flock for temperament and is a very reliable layer now. I bet your girl is jealous of the others!

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  5. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year I had 4 hatch in the last week of February. One started laying in September, one in November (then she immediately went into a moult and didn't start laying again til February), and the other two started laying on New Year's day. I have only one word of encouragement for you: patience [​IMG]. I think the cooler weather and shorter daylight span has a lot to do with it, too.
     
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  6. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    Quote:What a neat photo, Lynne, the lighting is really nice!
     
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just a lucky shot! That hen is a broody, who is very annoyed with me each morning as I take 'her' eggs away. Then she settles into the daily routine. She self-plucks but keeps a good weight and likes to tuck her head in my coat pocket- no doubt looking for eggs. [​IMG]
     
  8. momreda

    momreda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:There is a chart on this subject that BYCers have contributed to that tells when the earliest egg came from a breed and the latest, it is updated regularly. I will see if I can locate it and post the link for you:)
     
  9. superjules75

    superjules75 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah, I've seen that but it says the latest for BO is 28 weeks and I've heard a lot of people say it took theirs much longer.
     

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