13 month old Australorp not yet laying??!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by estepestenz, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. estepestenz

    estepestenz Hatching

    Feb 5, 2017
    I have a 13 month old blue Australorp that i have never seen near the nesting boxes. I have had her in a separate enclosure for a few days now, and it appears she is in fact not laying, and never has. It is quite hot at the moment here in southern hemisphere, but that is really old for a chicken to not have started laying!
    Her comb is red like the others.

    Should i keep waiting or is she an anomaly and might never lay??
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Free Ranging

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    I would give her some time. Remember that in the real world there will always be exceptions. If you see the chicken not worth feeding because your feed is on a budget basis and do expect a return in eggs, then you can process her for meat.
  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    I'd give her more time & put her back with the others, she'll lay when she's ready. If her comb is red, that's a start, is she squatting yet? Could we get a picture of her, never seen a Blue Australorp [​IMG]
  4. estepestenz

    estepestenz Hatching

    Feb 5, 2017
    Here you go :) [​IMG]
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    She sure looks 'red' enough to be laying.
    Did you raise her from a chick.....or just get her.....or???

    You might have to confine her for longer than a couple days....more like a week or so.
    Tho hot weather can definitely put them off laying...how hot are we talking?
    make sure she has plenty of cool water and deep shade.

    You could always do a butt check too.
    Vent Appearance:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying.

    Pelvic Points, feel for the 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
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