6 Month old Barred Rocks but no eggs at all. Any idea why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TristramShandy, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. TristramShandy

    TristramShandy New Egg

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    Hi everyone--

    I read some existing posts that helped me with some perspective on this, but as my dad's situation has some particular factors involved I thought I'd start a new thread.

    So, my dad's BRocks came from a local chicken raiser who's biggest interest is showing. I think he breeds and selects his birds only for show, and just keeps eggs incidentally. My dad bought pullets, 8 of them, when they were about 12 weeks old.

    He's got a great set up--lots of foraging in lettuce and kale; a comfortable shed, plenty of water; good pellet food, light and shade. Everything seems to be great, but he has not had one hen lay one egg. Meanwhile, we got 6 hens from Mt Healthy that are about the same age--ours might be two weeks younger--and we've had eggs since Labor Day weekend! Only 3 of ours are Barred Rocks, but I think those are the ones laying--I've heard Orps, which are our other 3, lay later.

    Does anyone have any idea why my dad's birds aren't laying? Could it be due to their being from a line of hens selected for show qualities?

    Thanks for any ideas/advice.

    TS:(
     
  2. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    mine started at 7 months.
     
  3. TristramShandy

    TristramShandy New Egg

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    Thanks SillyStunt--

    So, you wouldn't be concerned and would expect them to start up in the next month or so? Just curious, were yours also bred by a raiser focused on show birds?
     
  4. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    no i wouldn't. i was waiting forever and she just started!LOL i know there is a bone on the vent that if you look, open gonna lay....closed not ready. I have never done it though....lol kinda like a cervix in a way
     
  5. The Zoo

    The Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My BR started laying at 28 pr 29 weeks last year. They take a long time but I think that's ok - let them mature slowly.
     
  6. Zoomom

    Zoomom Certified Cackleberry Consumer

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    I think what Sillystunt is talking about are the pelvic bones being wider apart when they are laying eggs than not laying eggs.
    I found it in a book and it worked for me with my 2 girls. Hold the hen standing up on your lap or a table and with your hand pointed downwards, lay your fingers on top of the vent area. Press inwards a bit until you can feel the outline of the bones inside. If it is the width of 2 fingers in between, they are not laying, but it is the width of 3 fingers in between the bones they are laying. Also, the vent should be large and moist if they are laying and dry and smaller if not.
    This helped me figure out who was started molting and who was still laying when I was only getting one egg a day all of a sudden after 2 a day for 2 months.
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    edited for spelling error...
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2009

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