Half my chickens have never started laying. - Page 2
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Okay, I know I'm a little late to the party but I also had a couple of questions along this topic..
I got 2 Orpington Pullets last year (end of winter). One (the black one) started laying in spring, and laid until she went clucky. However the OTHER one (who is blue) has *never* started laying. She's nearly 2 years old now, and its the end of her second spring at there's nothing (I'm in NZ btw, so its spring here- nearly summer).
Last year they were both free range, so I figured she was hiding the eggs somewhere- even when I tried locking her up for a couple of days at a time with the nest boxes.
However this year she's in a big (3mx1m with a house ontop) cage. Her sister has been laying for several months now after her winter break. And they're inseparable- no difference in conditions.
They get special egg laying pallets, and other supplements. The blue, whos not laying, is much larger than the black. And healthy. And very much not a rooster (The rooster is also very sure she's a hen and frequently mates with her!)