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White Leghorn not laying? could it be some other breed?

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I have a few questions about my new chicken I bought as an adult! Am new to this

 

1.) Don't it look like a hen?? am pretty sure, but can I get an advice?? am assuming it is!

 

2.) the chicken looks like a White Leghorn, but what got me suspicious was the feathers, the legs, and the comb. I thought she was purebred, but I saw black spots with brown spots on its feathers. the legs are bright yellow (can that indicate her age?), also her comb is small, is it too small for her to be at laying age, I would guess she was born at least before winter, I thought I might've been because of the sunlight hours, but my friend has chicken also near me stating that her chickens were laying eggs for the past few weeks..could it be because of the rehoming. it has been 3 weeks I got her..

 

3.) I recently heard something like an egg song a few days ago, and when I went to go check there was nothing! it has been 4 days and no eggs. She didn't sing the egg song after that, no squatting also..

 

4.) I have only fed her table scraps like cooked rice and leftovers..i fed her crushed egg shell and scrambled eggs, for protein and calcium

 

  But still no eggs, can anyone tell me more info by judging the picture! Thanks any help is appreciated!

 

 

post #2 of 9

:welcome

 

Looks like you have a white rock crossed with something else to cause the spots. Not a leghorn.

 

Looks like you need to be feeding her layer pellets as table scraps and the items listed are not a balanced diet for a chicken.

 

Is she the only chicken you have???

They are flock animals and really do need others of their kind in order to not suffer from the stress of being alone.

 

For calcium I keep oyster shell in a separate dish that they can pick and choose when they need it. If you are mixing it in what you are feeding her she could be getting to much which is also not good.

 

There are tons of threads and lots of great data on this site. Read and enjoy the chicken raising life.

post #3 of 9
I wonder if its one of those Tetra Tints? Ideal has a production hybrid that looks similar as well.
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post #4 of 9
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Oh wow that was a surprise to me, I keep going to the coop checking for white eggs :lol:, now i'll check for brown eggs LOL!!

 

as on the feed, I checked a pet store near me that sells layer pellets,they said its organic. if I feed her the pellet can I mixed and feed her other things too? or her diet will just be the pellet? I figured rice and other table scrap wasn't enough to be healthy for egg production!

 

yes, she is the only one I have unfortunately, but I have 7 pigeons and they seem okey,whats your advice on them with pigeons in one coop??

but tomorrow am hoping to get 1 or 2 more to add to my flock..my concern is that wouldn't they be all be stressed from rehoming and having new members,causing them to stop laying because of stress?

post #5 of 9
As said change the diet to a fully balanced commercial chicken feed diet...

And if you have only had her 4 days, give her some time, it can take weeks for them to get comfortable with their new housing and start or resume laying... And even when comfortable chickens will sometimes take breaks...
post #6 of 9

I agree totally. Having her only 4 days is not long enough for her to be comfortable. Yes if you get more they will also go through the change stress and not lay for a while.

 

You can give scraps and other items as TREATS not main ration. The treats to layer feed proportion should not exceed 10% treats. Layer feed is designed to promote healthy hens and should always be the main feed.

 

For example my 29 hens get only 5 handfuls of scratch tossed out in the morning as the treat. I do give them squash and greens on occasion BUT on the days I am giving them that I do NOT give the scratch.

post #7 of 9
It is too fat to be a Leghorn. White Plymouth Rock or Cornish cross. Both are brown egg layers. Get her on better feed, get her a hen friend and give her a few more weeks and she should start laying, if not put her in the crock pot and hopefully her friend will lay for you.

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post #8 of 9

She looks like a production-type Leghorn mix. She's got white earlobes, so she should lay white eggs. Give her time to settle in and adjust, and make sure she has plenty of access to a balanced and nutritionally complete feed. Limit scraps, grains, and other treats to just 10% of the overall diet.

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