Ok How Long

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by graggy, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. graggy

    graggy In the Brooder

    Apr 1, 2010
    HI I got 5 Buff Orpingtons on April 15th 1 day old there not laying yet. Is this normal or do I have a problem? I thought they would be laying by now. Its now the end of September. Dont know what to do. They sure seem to be getting pretty big. Any help would be great

  2. linben

    linben Songster

    Apr 5, 2010
    Austin, TX
    I got mine about the same time and just got first egg three days ago...patience.....now I am trying to be patient waiting on my others to start laying!
  3. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    Sounds about right to me. How red are their combs? The redder the comb the closer to laying. Should start about any time now unless they have begun to moult.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Pullets will lay eggs when they are ready to lay them. It's better - healthier - for them to start later than earlier. There's nothing wrong with chickens who don't lay eggs at the same time as other chickens, and I wouldn't get all wracked out of shape if they didn't lay until they were 35 weeks old. (But I bet your Buff Orps will start sooner than that...)
  5. GoldenCometLover

    GoldenCometLover Chirping

    Sep 23, 2010
    Freeville, NY
    I am waiting also...mine are same time frame - no need to rush for me - I am happy as heck with them right now eggs or not!

    paddock36 - I have not heard the thing about the redder the comb the closer they are to laying - is that true!?![​IMG]

  6. CocoTeal

    CocoTeal Hatching

    Sep 28, 2010
    Northwest Washington
    Quote:I've actually heard that Buff O's may take up to a year to lay their first eggs... luckily I have others that layed at 4 months so hopefully being around a hen that's ready will hormonally encourage them to lay sooner...
  7. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    Quote:X2 I would much rather they wait until 40 weeks if that means they probably won't have an internal laying problem. As much as I want to see eggs (my GLW and SLW are about three days older than yours) I want healthy happy birds first. Hard to wait I know! [​IMG]

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