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#79459 - 07/13/04 06:26 PM orpingtons and first eggs
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I have both black and buff orpington (standard) chickens. My poulets are about 4.5 to 5 months now. The cockerels are big and dark red combed now. Some are trying to mate. Some of the poulets are starting to comb red now. I was told that orpingtons are slower to mature. Would I be getting eggs in 6 months or later...anyone raising orpingtons please give me a hand here.

Mike

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#79460 - 07/13/04 07:30 PM Re: orpingtons and first eggs
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well, I don't raise or even have any Orpingtons (I would like a few though) but most Hens start to lay between the age's of Five and Six months of age. I had a really late Hen that started to lay when she was about seven or eight months though. it kind of all depends on the Hen. good luck and I hope that you start getting eggs soon!

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#79461 - 07/14/04 02:50 PM Re: orpingtons and first eggs
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Rachel:

Thanks for your response. I was told that orpingtons might be later starters. I don't know. I have pullets that are 5 months and 4 months. I will just have to wait and see.

Have a great day,
Mike

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#79462 - 07/14/04 07:25 PM Re: orpingtons and first eggs
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your welcome. if they do start to lay later then other breeds of Hens then you would probably start to get eggs between the age's of Five and a half months to six months, but I really don't know when a Orpington starts to lay her first eggs. but like I said before it all depends on the Hen.

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#79463 - 07/14/04 09:41 PM Re: orpingtons and first eggs
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My Orpington was the last to start laying at about 7 months.

Give the girls time, big things like that need the time and is it me or do they do everything a bit slower? I think they are awesome. (massive feed to lay ratio though, she can consume big time!)

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#79464 - 07/15/04 03:46 PM Re: orpingtons and first eggs
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Thank you both for your information. I notice my birds eat a lot too. I am trying to keep them on a pellet grain instead of mash or crumbles. I noticed they eat it all up and waste a lot less. Mash was for me not the right choice, they made a mess of it and wasted tons.

Have a great day. I have a cockerel mating my pullet now two days in a row. The pullet does not fight him off like the others. I guess she, at 5 months, is getting ready to lay. I hope to see some nice eggs from her. She is a large pullet and he is a large cockerel, both are black orps.

Have a great day,
Mike

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