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Do some hens never lay eggs?

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Hi,  I have 2 silkies and 4 welsummers that will be 1 yr old next month.  the Silkies started laying @ 5 months old and I have gotten an egg from one or both every day since (even w/o lights during the winter).  2 of my welsummers started @ 6 months old,  took 2 month off for winter and now are laying again.  The other 2 welsummers have not layed, one still has very small light colored comb.  My question,  are there some hens that never lay or is there still hope for her??

 

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I have one Welsummer (Babette) out of my 5 hens. She took about 3 months longer than the others to start laying. I guess she was about 8 3/4 months old before she laid her first egg. She did talk about it for a few months prior, though.

Married to a wonderful husband, mother to five children, owner of three cats and my 5 chicks arrived 6/2/2011. 2 Easter Eggers, 1 Delaware, 1 Wellsummer and 1 Buff Orpington. 1 Australian Labradoodle.
"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. - Romans 13:8

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Married to a wonderful husband, mother to five children, owner of three cats and my 5 chicks arrived 6/2/2011. 2 Easter Eggers, 1 Delaware, 1 Wellsummer and 1 Buff Orpington. 1 Australian Labradoodle.
"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. - Romans 13:8

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If she is healthy she should start laying when she's ready. I've just gotten back into chicken, had some 8years ago and had to sell them.I have seen hens take a lot longer to lay than expected. If you are feeding good layer crumbles or pellets and all the other are laying she will most likely just surprise you one morning. Good luck

Lots and lots of chickens and still want more

 

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Lots and lots of chickens and still want more

 

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