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7 mo old Maran not laying, goes to roost with an empty crop each night?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Duck77, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. Duck77

    Duck77 Out Of The Brooder

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    I know 7 months old in January isn't time to panic over not getting eggs, but all her peers of the same age are laying everyday. Two nights ago as I was locking up my birds for the night, I noticed that all the crops were very full except the Maran's. It was empty. All my hens crops were big as baseballs while the Maran's crop feels like a ravioli. Last night was the same problem and I have no idea how long it has been going on. Even my bantam and my 3 mo old pullets had a much larger fill. I see the Maran out free ranging, pecking and scratching with the others all day, she eats every treat I give her, there are multiple places to get layer feed too. I am not concerned with eggs at this point, just her health. Any ideas what step I should take next? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will she gorge herself on cracked corn? I'd try that. I'd want her going to bed stuffed as well.
     
  3. Duck77

    Duck77 Out Of The Brooder

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    I will try that!
     
  4. Duck77

    Duck77 Out Of The Brooder

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    8 1/2 months old and still never laid an egg... What do I do with her?
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Your choices are

    Accept her as a nonproductive pet
    Rehome her as a nonproductive pet, with full disclosure
    Invite her to dinner.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Is she being kept away from the feeder? If she's really timid, the others could be keeping her from the feeder.
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2014
  7. Duck77

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    No, no one is bullying her. She is actually the bully around here. She's the first one to peck smaller birds. She free ranges with the top three hens and my rooster.
     

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