Australorp Egg Laying

Eggwarts

In the Brooder
Oct 26, 2020
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20
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Blue Mountains, NSW
Hi - we have a 26 week old black Australorp (Arnold) - she (and her 2 friends) are in coop/run until 4pm each day and then free range until sunset when they are locked away each night. Feed is layer seed/pellets and kitchen scraps.

Arnold - yes she is a hen - laid her first egg 29 days ago, skipped 4 days then #2, skipped 12 days for #3 (all in her nesting box), #4 came a few days later but was laid in late afternoon in the middle of the yard and we are now up to day 7 waiting again.

Her vent looks the same as her friends who are laying regularly, her combs and waddle are large and red.

Any ideas as to what might be going on???

Thanks
Jeff
 

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rosemarythyme

Crossing the Road
Jul 3, 2016
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WA, Pac NW
My Coop
New layers can be a bit glitchy or erratic as they ramp up to laying, plus daylight hours are shortening in the northern hemisphere which may have some effect on pullets as well as hens.

Or possibly, she's a bit of a dud, but probably too early to know for sure.
 

Eggwarts

In the Brooder
Oct 26, 2020
5
20
18
Blue Mountains, NSW
New layers can be a bit glitchy or erratic as they ramp up to laying, plus daylight hours are shortening in the northern hemisphere which may have some effect on pullets as well as hens.

Or possibly, she's a bit of a dud, but probably too early to know for sure.
We are in the Southern Hemisphere - so mid Spring 12+ hours of daylight.

she also aid a few she’ll-less eggs
 

rosemarythyme

Crossing the Road
Jul 3, 2016
12,613
23,561
792
WA, Pac NW
My Coop
We are in the Southern Hemisphere - so mid Spring 12+ hours of daylight.

she also aid a few she’ll-less eggs
Ah, I only glanced at the location and didn't mouse over.

Guess the hope then is that she's ramping up and just doing it slower than other birds. How are you supplementing calcium, since you mentioned shellless eggs? Layer feed, oyster shell, etc?
 

Eggwarts

In the Brooder
Oct 26, 2020
5
20
18
Blue Mountains, NSW
Ah, I only glanced at the location and didn't mouse over.

Guess the hope then is that she's ramping up and just doing it slower than other birds. How are you supplementing calcium, since you mentioned shellless eggs? Layer feed, oyster shell, etc?
we feed them layer pellets and a seed mix that is for Layers - purchased from local supplier. We also have shell grit available to them. They get teh kitchen scraps almost daily and about 4hrs a day to free range in the back yard where they make one hell of a mess :)

we gave them some sardines a week or so ago as a treat - they loved it. The kids also rummage through the compost looking for worms - before they started laying they wouldnt touch them, but lately any living thing is devoured!!!
 

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