7 months not laying?

Meddipa

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I have a 7 month old welsummer who I think laid one egg a month ago, nothing since. My hens do not free range and I have a camera in my coop so I’m quite sure of this. What do you think, keep waiting hopefully, or throw the towel in and accept that she’s a dud? She gets to stay in the flock regardless, I’m just wondering if she is going to be a permanent free loader?
 

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I have a 7 month old welsummer who I think laid one egg a month ago, nothing since. My hens do not free range and I have a camera in my coop so I’m quite sure of this. What do you think, keep waiting hopefully, or throw the towel in and accept that she’s a dud? She gets to stay in the flock regardless, I’m just wondering if she is going to be a permanent free loader?
I don't think anyone can advise really.
I have one non layer here called Gedit. She's never shown any interest in egg laying. Strangely she does seem to know about sitting and hatching and I've found her a few times now sitting on someone else's clutch for a couple of hours. I sort of feel for her when I see this.:confused:
She's seven years old and in my eyes absolutely lovely. She's the top hen in her tribe, she's big, she's graceful and she's fair to the other hens. Her rooster is extremely fond of her. She more than makes up for the lack of eggs.
The other was a pullet called Miff. She seemed a normal pullet. No signs of ill health. No known problems at hatch. She laid one egg at a bit over 4 months old and never laid another. She died at two and a half years old. She became very sick very quickly and died one night in her coop with her family.
 

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Most welsummer aren't high production birds, so don't expect a lot of eggs out of her.

Some pullets lay an egg than nothing for a while, so it isn't unusual to see what you are seeing.

I wouldn't give up, but I wouldn't count on your pullet for lots of eggs.

Time of year comes into play too. You will see increased production early next spring under increasing daylight. Pullets that start in the fall often don't lay a lot. It is actually better as they mature more slowly and naturally.
 

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Chickens and laying eggs are never guaranteed! I have a chicken that lays eggs, but only ever few months at best! I don't really care, I'll keep the little freeloader as she acts more like a little doggie! She has such a great personality and follows me all over. She wants to jump up on the arm of the chair when I'm sitting too. I can't help but love her. Chickens lay when they lay, that's all I can say about that!
 

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I have a 7 month old welsummer who I think laid one egg a month ago, nothing since. My hens do not free range and I have a camera in my coop so I’m quite sure of this. What do you think, keep waiting hopefully, or throw the towel in and accept that she’s a dud? She gets to stay in the flock regardless, I’m just wondering if she is going to be a permanent free loader?
Are you sure she laid?
Wellies are not prolific layers and may start later than others.
Time of year has an affect too, days are shortening fast now.
Might have to wait until after solstice.
Is her comb good and red?
Have you checked pelvic points?
https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/who-is-laying-and-who-is-not-butt-check.73309/
 

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