32 weeks old and the only one not laying.. What gives?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Diesel84, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Diesel84

    Diesel84 In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2010
    Hi BYC!

    So I have 3 Black Australorps that are 32 weeks old each.. 2 of my girls started laying about 4-6 weeks ago but I still have one that's not laying yet - what gives? I can tell her combs are not as developed as the other two, but wow how much longer will she have to wait until they grow in? I thought by 32 weeks she'd be to the point of laying regularly like my other two girls. They are all eating layer feed and have an open bottomed run/coop. I have noticed however that she is the one on the bottom of the pecking order.. she does get picked on b/c she is the smallest... Anything I can do? She seems to be in great health otherwise - i'm at a loss! [​IMG]
  2. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Songster

    Mar 27, 2010
    Yorktown, Virginia
    I have a 33 week old BSL and nothing! I think she is barren.
  3. Jajika

    Jajika Songster

    Dec 24, 2007
    Northern California
    It should occur to you the time of year.

    Chickens lay eggs in large part due to age AND sunlight.

    It is possible your new hens will not lay until the spring. It's just the way it is. No one is barren, just following what nature supplies. Sunlight and pituitary stimulation.

    None of my chickens...big layers all..are doing much right now except losing feathers and generally being miserable. I keep them safe from harm, give them lots of good food with extra fruits and veggies, fresh water and help them get through a tough time.

    Just be patient. It's fall.
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    A few years ago I had 2 wait until they were 33 & 35 weeks old. They started the second week of December.

  5. Diesel84

    Diesel84 In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2010
    Approximately how many hours do they need? It doesn't get dark here until 7:30pm and our weather in Central Florida is still in the 80-90's... I love her just as much [​IMG] - but would be ecstatic to see her finally laying..
  6. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Songster

    Jan 23, 2010
    Mountains of NC
    One of mine didn't start laying until 34 weeks.

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