Black Copper Maran only laid once

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sharoncreer, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. sharoncreer

    sharoncreer New Egg

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    I have three healthy, beautiful chickens - a black copper maran, an andalusian, and a mix maran/andalusian. My copper maran laid one egg on Sept. 12 when she was 21 weeks old. It was a gorgeous, deep, chocolate brown egg. Unfortunately, it is the only egg she has laid. One of the other chickens started laying about a month later. It has now been two months since and she is 31 weeks old and she has yet to lay another egg. She has a bright, red comb and is very active. She seems totally healthy. I am feeding her layer feed with extra calcium. Should I be concerned?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Is it possible that she may have a hidden nest ?
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Do you have any "egg eater," chickens or predators around? Snakes, rats, raccoons, will take eggs.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. I too would have suspicions that she may be laying elsewhere.

    Best wishes
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  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! You've been given some great ideas for why she hasn't been laying, I hope you figure out what's wrong!
     
  6. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
     
  7. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
     
  8. sharoncreer

    sharoncreer New Egg

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    We have a nice big chicken run that she is kept in, but there really isn't any place for a hidden nest. We do have predators around our area, but as everything is brand new, there isn't a way for any predators to get in. Is it possible for a chicken not to be a layer?
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Hello from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! Best wishes to you and your flock! [​IMG]
     
  10. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    One of my EE did basically that. I got 2 eggs, then nothing. About 2 months later she has finally started laying on a regular basis. [​IMG]

    My guess is her system is still getting going and the short days may have an effect, since there is no possibility of a hidden nest. The things I experience with a flock of 50 is much greater than what I saw when I had only 3.
     

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