Ancona still not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickymamma78, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. chickymamma78

    chickymamma78 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an almost 7 month old Ancona that still has not laid any eggs yet. Any clue when she may start?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    She should have started. I have to ask, are you sure it's a hen? Otherwise hidden nests are always a possibility.
     
  3. chickymamma78

    chickymamma78 Out Of The Brooder

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    She's a hen, I've checked but can't find any hidden nests.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Can you post a pic of her?
     
  5. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

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    You should maybe keep her in your coop for a day or two and see if she lays in there, that way you know if she's laying in the yard or not
     
  6. chickymamma78

    chickymamma78 Out Of The Brooder

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  7. chickymamma78

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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Late starter...some are.
    Not sure what for that breed is typical.
    Don't think it's a cockerel.

    Can always check vent and pelvic points...is they 'test positive' for laying, lock her up for a time.

    Vent:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying

    Pelvic Points 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    It looks a bit thick to be a purebred Ancona. They are built like leghorns and start laying at about 4 months of age. Here's one of mine with some Orpington roosters for body type comparison.

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  10. tmarsh83

    tmarsh83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a hatchery Ancona that by 7.5 mints hadn't laid, and then started getting nasty with two new BR that did.

    She fit in the crock pot nicely.

    I'm no help other than that bad luck with an Ancona.
     

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