What is the laying life of a Buff Orpington?


In the Brooder
12 Years
Jun 12, 2007
How long do BO lay regularly? I am wondering if three year old hens are worth keeping. Any opinions?

Also, if we keep a light on to get our daily recommended amount of light, will that prevent molting?


11 Years
Jul 22, 2008
N'rn Wisconsin
I don't know about the first question... We just started with chickens this year, and have fifteen, 23 week-old, Buff Orps who've just started laying last week.

As for the second, the answer is no. Molting is similar to a mammal shedding... Feathers get old, and need to be replaced. Might even need to set a winter coat. I installed a timer to control a light in our coop this summer. Since the coop doesn't have any windows yet, I've had it running for a few months. For a couple weeks before our Orps started laying, it looked like there were enough feathers on the floor to make a new chicken every day.


In the Brooder
11 Years
Apr 25, 2008
They are not the greatest of layers anyway, so if you are after plenty of eggs I'd say no.
I have a 4 1/2 year old Buff Orpington (named "Buffy the eggslayer"... what else) who would have never been a prolific layer from the word go (maybe 120 in Yr 1 and less thereafter) BUT, and that's a big BUT, she has produced plenty of beautiful offspring with Barnevelder and Jubilee Orpington cocks - nice 'garden variety' layers and big chunky cockerels for the pot - and she goes broody 2-3 times a year and is a super mum as befits a good Orpington. So she is a great asset that way.
But then maybe that's not at all what you're after ...


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