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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FRlEDeggs, Sep 10, 2010.
At what age do Buff Orpingtons, Black Australorps, and Cuckoo Marans typically start to lay at?
5 and 1/2 to 6 months
That's a long time away~
Guess I'll just have to keep waiting...
I had a BO start laying last week at 21 weeks but she has not become a daily layer...still waiting on the other 5
i have a BO and a Cuckoo Marans as well. Cricket, my Marans, was the 1st to lay, just before she turned 4 months old. they are now 5 months old and my BO is still not laying. outta my 5 girls, only Cricket and Ginger (one of my EE) is laying. and Gingers eggs are getting bigger and actually are considered "small" on my egg scale that i have in my kitchen. Crickets eggs are STILL not registering any weight at all and remain "peewee" eggs. but they sure are a pretty color! she also use to have a strange coating on her 1st egg that she would lay AFTER she took a couple days off from egg laying....it would make the egg appear light brown...but underneath it was that dark brown. but now, she can take a day or 2 off and then when she lays again, it's a normal dark brown egg....and i'm glad. my EE is laying a pretty green egg. i wish my other EE would lay! she's showing all the signs, but she's taking her sweet time. my BO is squatting....but she still looks kinda pale.
Out of 20 BO's I have 2 laying this week at 22 weeks old. There are some that look mature and many that don't..weird since they are all the same age. Just depends on the individual bird I guess! My Black Australorps have been squatting for a couple weeks and should be laying soon (if not already!) at 22 weeks also.
Cool! Thanks for sharing your stories!
My buff Orpingtons just turned 6 months they were delivered on Feb 9th, we had prayed they'd be laying by now, I am in Texas I wonder if its the heat, they are always outside plenty of water and laying pellets! Husband and I are so frustrated. LOL I have three others from my earlier batch those girls are laying, guess I'm just being impatient? 6 months seems like enough time, anyone have any suggestions?
Chickens usually start laying at 18-24 weeks. I know that buff orpingtons start late. Good Luck!
We counted by the calendar we counted 26 weeks, oh well guess it's any day now then. Thanks for the input