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When will my Buff Orp. Amerucauna lay?
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Zenia    Posted 11-20-2004 at 10:07:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have two older hens, an arucuana & a Plymouth barred rock (two years old) and I can't remember exactly how old they were when they started laying. I know the arucauna started first, she made a huge fuss over it, but the barred rock is a more consistant layer.

My Amerucauna & Buff Orp were hatched about July 1st. So, they are alomst 5 months, and as big as the other hens, and well filled out, very healthy looking. Will they start soon? Or, being that winter is coming, will that affect their laying? I am in California, it doesn't snow where I am. Days are about 60 degrees on average, it can get to freezing at night. Right now my arucauna is not laying, but she does not appear to be molting, either.


I KNOW! ASK ME!!!!    Posted 11-20-2004 at 16:42:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Zenia, chicken nut here, lol. I have Buff Orpingtons and Speckled Sussex. They start laying pullet eggs about 6 months, sometimes a little later. Don't put them on laying mash til 6 months, they need the grower mash until then. GOt any pics???? I do!

You are new, so I guess you haven't seen all my chicken pics!!!! Go look in the photo gallery, put in KellyGa, and take a looksee! I love my girls :)

Fawteen    Posted 11-20-2004 at 10:24:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
20 weeks is old enough, should start laying any time.

Laying is related to length of daylight, not temperature. Unless you use artifical light, most chickens will nearly quit laying when sunlight dips much under say about 8 hours a day.

Zenia    Posted 11-20-2004 at 10:27:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks! That's right, I was forgetting. Sunlight never dips below 10 hours/ day here, I think. But it gets foggy which is kind of miserable. The sun is just bruning through now, looks like it will be a lovely day.

I'd better get another nest box, my older hens rule the roost and won't let the younger two in the nest boxes. The older two snuggle in there at night, leaving the younger ones out.

KellyGa    Posted 11-20-2004 at 16:45:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Buffs will still give you an egg a day. They might have briefly quit laying to molt, mine did. I am back up to one egg a day each now. You need a perch for them at night so they don't have to sit in the boxes. Mine love the roosting bar in their house I built, those pics are in the gallery too. Pictures please! I want to see your girls!

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