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I have 2 BB hens that have not laid. One of them is about 9 mos old, very small, the other is probably about 11 mos old. I didnt raise her. Is this normal for waiting this long? The 11mo, is squating but not laying? She is fed laying pellets, corn, sunflower seeds and free ranges. I am planning on worming in the next few weeks with valbazen. We just finished with the wazine.

DH, 1 mutt, 1 shihzu, 2 Buff Brahmas, 2 Sussex, 2 Black Sexlinks, 3 Buff Brahma Roosters. I quilt, read, obsessed with chickens
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DH, 1 mutt, 1 shihzu, 2 Buff Brahmas, 2 Sussex, 2 Black Sexlinks, 3 Buff Brahma Roosters. I quilt, read, obsessed with chickens
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post #2 of 9

Are you positive the 11 month old isn't laying?  Brahma's are a slow maturing breed and can take a long time to mature.  I wouldn't be surprised on the 9 month old, but the 11 month old would have to be really slow maturing. 

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #3 of 9
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I dont think she is. Ive seen her squating but havent been able to catch her in the nest. She is a flighty little thing. I let them free range and she may be laying elsewhere. Everyone else comes back to the nest to lay. I just assume she would too.

DH, 1 mutt, 1 shihzu, 2 Buff Brahmas, 2 Sussex, 2 Black Sexlinks, 3 Buff Brahma Roosters. I quilt, read, obsessed with chickens
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DH, 1 mutt, 1 shihzu, 2 Buff Brahmas, 2 Sussex, 2 Black Sexlinks, 3 Buff Brahma Roosters. I quilt, read, obsessed with chickens
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post #4 of 9

I have one that I got in July that looked fully grown and ready to lay any time but she didn't start laying until December- but now she's an egg a day girl! Just my 2 cents.

Stay at home mom to 3 ,wife to 1,and servant to 1 dog ,40 or so chickens and 2 bunnies. Living the dream!

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Stay at home mom to 3 ,wife to 1,and servant to 1 dog ,40 or so chickens and 2 bunnies. Living the dream!

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post #5 of 9
My Cochins are almost 10 months old, and as far as I know, I haven't seen a single egg from them. I did see one of them squat and get mounted by my roo today, so maybe she'll lay soon. You're not alone. I would really like all that feed I've been buying to turn into some eggs hmm.png
Nikki
*C'mon, get flappy!*
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Nikki
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post #6 of 9

I have 2 BB pullets. One started laying in Nov at 7 months old, the other, now 9 months old started checking out the nest box today.  Her comb and wattles have finally starting looking more red than pink but not as red as the other pullet.  They are a slowww maturing breed but so sweet!

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I have 2 Light Brahmas - don't know how much difference the color makes - but both of mine started laying at around 51/2 months and are regular layers. I know they are slow in maturing, especially for meat since it takes them a year to become full sized. Just my personal observation. They are very sweet girls for the most part. One of mine likes to step on and hold down my little bantam. She doesn't hurt her - just puts a foot on her and pushes her down. It's funny.idunno.gif

post #8 of 9

She's laying somewhere else!

I have five hens and two pullets- one seven year old red star, Luna, one white leghorn, Sage, one SLW, Pepper, one adorable fluffy EE, Bedazzle, and one black star, Buckbeak. My two pullets are Nutella, my wheaten marans, thirty five weeks, (who is yet to lay an egg!), and her best friend, Sammy, seventeen weeks.

 

 

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I have five hens and two pullets- one seven year old red star, Luna, one white leghorn, Sage, one SLW, Pepper, one adorable fluffy EE, Bedazzle, and one black star, Buckbeak. My two pullets are Nutella, my wheaten marans, thirty five weeks, (who is yet to lay an egg!), and her best friend, Sammy, seventeen weeks.

 

 

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post #9 of 9

Besides being slow to mature, I wouldn't be surprised if the winter short days are also keeping your little girls from point of lay. You might try adding two or three hours of extra light and see what happens.

One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, three EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, one Buff Brahma roo, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, three EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, one Buff Brahma roo, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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