I have a silver laced wyandotte that is now almost 9 months old and still not laying. I have 4 other chickens that are the same age that lay nearly every day. They are different breads and all seem to be very healthy. Is there reason to be concerned?
Silver laced Wyandotte still not laying!!!
- Flock Mistress
Probably not, but keep an eye on her. She will lay when she is ready. If she is going to have laying issues there is not much that can be done about it. If you observe some changes in her behavior that indicate she is in distress, then it's time to start worrying.
One of my EEs was about 38 weeks old before she started laying. Her "sister" started laying almost 2 months earlier. They all have their own timetable.
- Crazy "L" Farms
I agree with keeping an eye on her but not worrying too much. I have an 8 month old SLW that doesn't look like she is ready to lay yet. Her two "sisters" a GLW and another SLW have been laying for a little while. I will probably have to wait until the days start getting longer for her to start I am guessing. I have a splash Ameraucana who is a month older and is not laying yet either. They both seem perfectly happy and healthy, just not ready yet.
Last year my blue wyandotte was 40 weeks old before she began laying; the rest of the flock had already been laying for several months. I think, if a bird comes into point-of-lay during the darkest days of the year, their oviduct may just hold off until the daylight begins lengthening again. Anyway, now we're turning the corner on this -- if you're in the northern hemisphere, daylight starts lengthening tomorrow. With my BW, she laid her first egg about 3 weeks *after* winter solstice.
I also felt my blue wyandotte matured much more slowly than the others. She a big pouffy beach-ball of a bird.