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I have 3 australorps 19 weeks old

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I have 3 australorp hens, they're sisters, and the same age 19  weeks old. Only 2 of them are laying. They started laying within 1 day of each other. Elma Jane is yet to lay an egg. Is this unusual? I really wasn't sure. The two that lay are very friendly and would follow you off a cliff, Elma who hasn't layed yet is very shy. She won't approach you like the other 2, and holding her is out of the question. Could this have anything to do with her not laying? Do you think she'll ever come around?  We're new to this stage in chicken development and I don't know if I should be worried. Please help!

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Crazy housewife with a tolerant husband, 1 daughter (rawr), 1 son, 1 westie, 2 german shepherds, 1 ragdoll cat, 1 RIR, 2 new hampshire reds, 6 Australorps, , 1 SLW, 2 barred rocks, 2 japanese bantams,  5 cochins, 3 polish, 6 Golden Comets, 5 buff brhamas, 5 EE, 2 speckled sussex, and 1 Rat named Lucky... LOVIN' LIFE!
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post #2 of 12

My Australorps are 20 weeks, some are laying, some are not.  They mature at different rates.  Give them time.  My 1.5 year old Australorp lays at least 6 huge eggs a week, never quit over winter, has never molted.

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Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

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post #3 of 12

I don't have an answer, but I am excited as I have an 18 week Austrolorpe and hope he will be laying soon.

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I don't have an answer, but I am excited as I have an 18 week Austrolorpe and hope he will be laying soon.


Sorry, I didn't realize a "he" could start laying?

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6 cats indoors, 6+ feral cats outdoors (6 cats and unknown number of little ones under the shed), 6 old chickens, 10 new chickens (9 hens, 1 rooster - the rooster was supposed to be a hen), and two Rouen ducks.
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can anyone show me the difference between a austroulorpe and a black giant, i got a black rooster i thought at 5 days old , he grew very fast well im pretty sure its a pullet but a very large one ,very sweet follows me every where but i dont know what kind she is, i ordered 5 black giants  from hatchery  they seem to be maturing slow not big like the other one did, so can any one show me the difference she is sixteen weeks old.


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post #6 of 12

They will vary in reaching point of lay. And, I think that early maturing and early laying fosters something of a dependent personality rather than a shy personality resulting in late laying.

Yellow underfoot = Jersey Giant
White Underfoot = Black Australorp

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can anyone show me the difference between a austroulorpe and a black giant i got a blacl rooster i thought at 5 days old  he grew very fast well im pretty sure its a pullet but a very large one very sweet follows me every where but i dont know what kind she is i ordered 5 black giants  from hatchery  they seem to be maturing slow not big like the other one did so can any one show me the difference she is sixteen weeks old


Did someone steal your comma key?

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Originally Posted by jnkir7 

can anyone show me the difference between a austroulorpe and a black giant i got a blacl rooster i thought at 5 days old  he grew very fast well im pretty sure its a pullet but a very large one very sweet follows me every where but i dont know what kind she is i ordered 5 black giants  from hatchery  they seem to be maturing slow not big like the other one did so can any one show me the difference she is sixteen weeks old


Did someone steal your comma key?

post #9 of 12

Giants take much longer to grow to full size than lorps do.

Mine are about 24 weeks now and the giants are the same size as the lorps.  The only way to tell at this point is to look at the bottoms of their feet.

Giants have yellow pads and Lorps have more grey/spotted feet.  It's more pronounced in my hens than my roo.

Also....my giant roo is MEAN and runs the coop. 

Compare feet!

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It seems to me also that hens "friendly up" when they start laying.  Many of mine were hatched and raised by broodies, so they are quite shy.  Up until they start laying.  At that point, there isn't much difference between the broody-raised pullets and the ones that I hand raised.

Of course there are differences in personality of each individual bird, but I'm never worried that a shy pullet won't come around as she matures.

Also, my pullets of the same breed don't necessarily start laying at the same time.  There can be a gap of several weeks.  Maybe many weeks...  It just depends.

By the way, lucky you!  I love Australorps!  Beautiful birds!

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