33 week Buff Orpington not laying!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kyleann33, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. kyleann33

    kyleann33 New Egg

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    We have 4 chickens all the same age, 33 weeks. 2 Buffs, a Barred Rock and a Dominique. The Barred Rock, Dominique and 1 Buff all started laying around 21 weeks. The other Buff is our biggest chicken, she grew the fastest and we thought she would lay first. But she hasn't laid any eggs, and has hardly any comb and wattle. We've found 2 rubber eggs in the coop under the roost bar this week, and suspect her. We offer free choice oyster shells for calcium, organic layer feed, plenty of fresh water and apple cider vinegar in one water pan. What else can we try? I can't figure out why she would be so old and not be laying! Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not entirely sure why she wouldn't be laying, either. Most chickens start laying between 20 and 28 weeks old.

    However, each chicken matures at its own rate. She may just not be ready to begin laying. The soft shelled eggs could be a sign of this. New layers often have some problems with their first eggs.

    Does she act healthy? Small or shriveled comb and wattles can be a sign that a chicken is sick.

    Lastly, are you sure that she's a "she"?
     
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  3. barryw

    barryw New Egg

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    In the same boat. Have 3 buffs at 32 weeks. 2 have been laying for 8 weeks, the third is not. She too, has an smaller cone and waddles. Any advice, anyone?
     
  4. tracecom

    tracecom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanksgiving dinner is coming soon.
     
  5. kyleann33

    kyleann33 New Egg

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    She does act healthy, we're outside a lot during the day and I've been watching her closely to see if anything is wrong. I'm pretty positive she's female, wouldn't her comb/wattles/crowing have happened by now if she was a rooster? We had 1 rooster in the bunch and he started crowing at 14 weeks, and his comb & wattle were very large and red.
     
  6. Kiaton

    Kiaton Out Of The Brooder

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    Definitely not a rooster. She more than likely just hasn't started her cycle yet, like hitting puberty late, she should be soon especially since you've got rubber eggs. She's just slow to mature.
     

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