I have two 6+ week old ORP cross ladies, I've only ever had Pekin bantams or adult orps, so I don't no the 'normal' age to start laying at. When should I expect eggs, some info tells me 15 wks some 20 wks some much further away?
Anyone telling you 15 weeks is a little bit crazy. Even in a commercial laying facility where they manipulate light and nutrition to control point of lay, Sex Links and Leghorns don't start laying until 18 weeks or so and even that is only 10-20% of the flock. 90% of the flock will be in lay by 30 weeks.
Orpingtons, as a less commercial breed, will take a bit longer. While some may start laying around 20 weeks, it would be more usual to see first eggs around 24 weeks.
Thank you both for your help! This info seems far more reliable than any other source, the info that was given to me was passed on by some other chicken keepers on various forums. But we all no that people can say silly things to make them look knowledgeable. Thank you both, I will be waiting in anticipation for those lovely eggs in a few months