Barren hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gabriellebw, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. gabriellebw

    gabriellebw In the Brooder

    Aug 20, 2009
    I have two Rhode Island Reds and one Barred Rock. They are all about seven months old. The two Reds started laying about a month ago but the Barred Rock has yet to give even the hint of an egg. We were surprised because she is the biggest of the three. Another strange thing is that while the combs on the other two girls have grown quite a bit, the Barred Rock's comb is still tiny. We are first time chicken owners so any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    The combs grow "overnight" about a week or so before they start laying.

    Could be that your BR just needs more time.
    Upping the protein of their feed *might* help, BUT I'd guess that the weather is having the biggest impact on them right now.
  3. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    A: post pic's

    Totally helps...LOL

    B: hens will be darker more black. Roo's will be lighter [​IMG]

    OK, [​IMG] waiting for pic's....LOL
  4. Plain Old Dee

    Plain Old Dee Songster

    Oct 30, 2009
    Seminole, OK
    I didn't know that about the combs! Oh Boy! My BO's combs have suddenly exploded - maybe they're about to start laying! Yippee!!!
  5. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    Quote:I am having the same issue with my buff orpington...she's also 7 months old, everyone else her age has been laying for almost 2 months, but not a hint of it from her...go figure!
  6. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Some chickens are just late bloomers. This time of year can also slow things down, low light.

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