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buff orpingtons - when will they start laying?

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murphyslaw · 21/09/2008 18:29

My girls are 24 weeks old (we have had them since they were 10 weeks) at what age will they start to lay???

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tortoiseshell · 21/09/2008 18:33

no idea! They can vary a lot - any time from 24 weeks onwards I would say. Watch for their combs and wattles reddening up, and starting to crouch when you are near - these are all signs of imminent eggs!

tortoiseshell · 21/09/2008 18:33

no idea! They can vary a lot - any time from 24 weeks onwards I would say. Watch for their combs and wattles reddening up, and starting to crouch when you are near - these are all signs of imminent eggs!

DaisySteiner · 21/09/2008 18:52

You might find that the days are too short now for them to start laying this year and they may wait until next spring.

murphyslaw · 21/09/2008 18:57

daisy dont tell me that! I cant wait for that first egg!

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DaisySteiner · 21/09/2008 19:00

Well I might be wrong - it has been known

NappiesGalore · 23/09/2008 23:06

i have a young orpington... dunno how many weeks exactly as i forgot to ask when i bought her ... and ive no idea if shes laying or not yet tbh. her comb and wattle are reddening a bit but she and the cochin (same age) are still v skittish... actually maybe its the cochin whos reddening up... hmm.
we're not short of eggs mind. 8 other hybrid layers keep us stocked

what colour are orpy eggs supposed to be??

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