7 months old still NO EGGS?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WooingWyandotte, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    Got these girls (EE, SLW) seven months ago at 1 week old. Encouraged someone else to get a SLW and EE also, so they did.
    We went our seperate ways and our girls got a hold of a lot of laying pellets when they were young, I tried my best to keep them on chick feed but they still ate a lot of laying pellets. Then we moved (they were around 12 wks old) and weren't able to reconstruct a proper pen for them, for these two girls still had to eat chick feed, so I'm sorry to say they were eating laying pellets full time at 12 wks old.
    My flock also went through a predator attack, fortunatley they escaped with their lives and some skin missing on my LB pullet. (One of my hens later died of severe stress)
    When my little girls (EE, SLW) were 15 wks old I said "Enough is enough!" And got them in a different pen with chick feed till 17 or 18 wks old, can't rightly remember.
    Since then they've been on laying pellets. No eggs, 7 months old. [​IMG]
    I've waited patiently for 7 months for eggs, I have only one hen laying and the stupid roo is beating her up.
    But that's not all, remember the friend we encouraged to get a SLW and EE, too? Well, her dog got the SLW. I'm wondering if it was a hawk, because the dog probably would have tore it apart, when she found it it's head was gone and it's belly was up with entrails hanging out and wings spread to full wingspan.
    Anyways, she asked me to take the EE, she would try chickens again in spring.
    I took the EE, which had been on chick feed her whole life, but she's not laying either?! We've had a lot of chickens, and they were always laying by September. Now it's nearly November and no eggs! Mother isn't happy, I'm not happy. I'm searching CL for some hens, I know hens don't really lay in the winter but my BO pullet is the only one laying and her poor back is suffering at the merciless talons of my rooster.
    I'm inclined to think that it's the strange weather this year and last winter. I think egg cycles are off, but my question is 'Did we ruin the SLW and EE by feeding them excessive laying pellets when they were under age?'

    Help!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Exactly how many hens do you have now? Do they get to free range at all? Are they squatting yet?
     
  3. tarragon

    tarragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess would be that stress is the cause for the delay. They've had a move, a predator attack, a flock mate died of stress, they've been separated from the flock into a new pen....sounds pretty stressful.
     
  4. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, I agree. But my mother is getting impatient. Yes, they are squatting. The SLW not so much but the EE's are def both squatting. Roo is starting to be interested in them, their combs and wattles have been getting larger and redder for weeks... [​IMG]
     
  5. chickmashnoon

    chickmashnoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Most of my EEs are not laying yet and mine are 6 months old- not as long of a wait as yours, but from what I've been looking up it is really variable as to when they reach sexual maturity. they may just be REALLY late bloomers. And of course the stress wouldn't help out, along with the changing season. most of mine are finally starting to redden, but there are two that just haven't started even looking like they are near chicken puberty.
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I had one that was almost 9 months old before she started to lay. Keep the faith...
     
  7. Woodcox Acre

    Woodcox Acre Out Of The Brooder

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    I also have six pullets between 6 & 7 months that I'm waiting on. I guess I'm just a little anxious.
    Plus we decided not to add light to the coop and let the older girls go through thier molt, don't know if
    that will make any difference or not.
     
  8. briter30

    briter30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 EE. One layed at 6 1/2 months old and the other two layed a little over 7 1/2 months old. I have 2 Rhode Island reds and 1 Buff orphington. Only 1 of them was laying until yesterday, where the other RIR began laying. I would be patient and give them until spring time personally.
     
  9. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks, guys. I know it could be as long as ten months till they start laying, so I'll "keep the faith" like cmom said. [​IMG]
     
  10. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    Ha. The EE laid an egg. She lays a big green everyday! Everyone's happy, but I think the roo is the happiest. [​IMG]
     

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