When will my hen lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by OrpingtonDude, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. OrpingtonDude

    OrpingtonDude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 8 month old splash Orpington hen. She was born in mid April. I was wondering if anyone could tell me when she will be laying or why she isnt.
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Orps are slow maturers. Is she really red in the face? Should be anytime now.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Your question made me think of the old Magic 8 Balls... [​IMG] Sorry, you may be too young to remember those...
    It does seem like she'd be laying by 8 months. The bad thing is that since the days started getting so short about a month ago, and with the weather cooling off at the same time, I think that would hinder her laying... I've got two young ones who I've wondered about as well, about 7 and 8 months old, and that's what I've blamed it on. Personally, I'm not counting on anything from those two until early spring... [​IMG] although the 7 mo. old light sussex just squatted for me yesterday, so who knows??? But I wish you luck!
     
  4. SueMuffin

    SueMuffin Out Of The Brooder

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    I have Buff Orpingtons and the last one just started laying at 9 months, so not to worry. Unless you hear it start to crow!!
     
  5. serena763

    serena763 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 buff orpingtons and at 7 months they have started...it is slow because of the cold weather. I don't blame them I don't even want to get out of bed either!!!
     
  6. elizabethlongwood

    elizabethlongwood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Buff Orpington who is 8 months old and still not laying. She just started squatting and turned really red in the face about a week or two ago, so I figure she'll probably start by Christmas. Sounds like orpingtons can be late in maturing.
     
  7. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I gave up and decided mine were gonna wait till spring they started to lay. Go figure.
     
  8. elizabethlongwood

    elizabethlongwood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 8 month old buff orpington laid her first egg today, has your splash started yet Orpingtondude?
     
  9. Rivers

    Rivers Out Of The Brooder

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    I never realised it took so long before they started to lay!

    I just got my four hens 3 days ago, I thought it was weird that these werent laying but they are only <5 months old.

    In order of size (biggest first): Black Rock, HiLine, Bluebelle, Buff orp X light Sussex

    It is deep winter here, wet, windy and cold. It seems like im going to be waiting a long time, especially for the little Buff.
     
  10. OrpingtonDude

    OrpingtonDude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No she has not but has been staying in side the coop while the rest of them go out.
     
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