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Clucky is a black australorp, almost 9 months old. She has not started laying!!! Has anybody else had a pullet go that long before laying? Has anyone had one that NEVER laid an egg? She is healthy and she has finished a minor molt. She eats organic layer feed, free ranges a couple hours a day, weather permitting and I have the time to watch them. I only have one other pullet, a barred rock, who is 23 weeks and hasn't started laying. They are BFFs. I've just about given up on Clucky!! 😔
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Can you post a picture of Clucky.  Someone recently had a 6 month old hen who was making strange sounds - 'she' was a cockerel.

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I believe there have been many cases of hens who didn't lay until almost a year old.

If you can catch her, locate her vent. A laying hen's vent will be nickel size or larger, slightly open or very open, pink, and wet looking. A non laying hen will have a tight, closed, pale, very dry vent. If she isn't laying based on those signs, you can keep waiting it out or start looking for signs that she is a he (pics would help for sure!). If she is laying, she's hiding her eggs or possibly eating them.

There are some other signs of a laying hen like abdomen softness and space between keel bones, but the vent is probably the easiest because you can really see it.
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She is a hen and in apparently excellent condition.

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Originally Posted by birdlover View Post


That looks like a lady to me. And she is beautiful. I hope she does end up laying for you!
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Thank you so much for your feedback! I hope she gives me an egg soon!!! 😩
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It looks like she's free range---have you tried confining her? Hens are great at hiding their nests :)

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She only free ranges when I keep watch on her a couple of hours a day. (Maybe that's not free range?). Otherwise, she and her friend stay in a very large chicken run, part of which is under our deck. I've checked there lots of times and, so far, nothing! I've kept lots of chickens in the past and I know the signs...squatting, worried clucking before laying, going in the nest box a lot, etc. the only sign so far is her comb and wattles are very red. I guess God is teaching me patience. 🤔
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