Can a chicken never lay an egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by derby, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. derby

    derby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pullet must be over 7 months old now and shows no sign of ever laying an egg. She was new in an established flock this past spring and has never been accepted by the others. Will she evr lay an egg or are there some hens that just never lay?

    Derby
     
  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    I am wondering that myself. I have a sg all her sisters have been laying for over 3 months now and she has not yet laid a single egg!
     
  3. LizzyJo

    LizzyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rooster never layed an egg![​IMG]
     
  4. QuailHollow

    QuailHollow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sure. I have a RSL hen who ... looked like a pullet ... sounded like a pullet... but now that she is almost 2 years old, I noticed that she has never laid and egg. At this point she has small spurs. She doesn't crow, but doesn't look - .. right .. - either. Not sure how else to explain it. Her beak over-grows and needs clipped off periodically. When I tested my flock, her blood was brown, not red,.. but there was nothing wrong with her. Bizarre.

    ETA: I have Orpington and Barred Rock pullets that are just about 6 months old. They are not laying yet either. I was told the Orp line doesn't start until they're almost 8 months old.
     
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  5. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a Brown Leghorn that has never laid an egg...as far as I can tell. She's 9 months old!!! And a LEGHORN!!! I can usually tell which egg came from which hen by color, size and shape, and I've never gotten a white from her. I've seen her sit in the nest box, get up, and nothing...Grrrrrrrrr. She's perfectly healthy as far as I can tell...no signs of being an internal layer or egg bound or whatever. I guess I'll just wait and see what happens.
     
  6. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    My buff cochin laid regular then went broody now is over that...gets pecked by other hens and still not laying! I wonder if she will ever lay again and how to stop the others from pecking feathers out of her head!
     
  7. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:How long has it been since she was broody? My Silkie went broody and I let her hatch a few eggs. It was 2 months AFTER the eggs hatched before she started laying again.
     
  8. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
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    QuailHollowP&P :

    Sure. I have a RSL hen who ... looked like a pullet ... sounded like a pullet... but now that she is almost 2 years old, I noticed that she has never laid and egg. At this point she has small spurs. She doesn't crow, but doesn't look - .. right .. - either. Not sure how else to explain it. Her beak over-grows and needs clipped off periodically. When I tested my flock, her blood was brown, not red,.. but there was nothing wrong with her. Bizarre.

    ETA: I have Orpington and Barred Rock pullets that are just about 6 months old. They are not laying yet either. I was told the Orp line doesn't start until they're almost 8 months old.

    My bo started laying at 5 months.​
     
  9. sutillman

    sutillman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen that is nearly 2 years old and has never laid and egg. Is it possible for a hen to be sterile?
     
  10. cat

    cat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Warren who is at least 2 and she has never laid, despite Warrens being bred specifically as egg layers!
     

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