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Cream Legbar Still Not Laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Crofts, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. Crofts

    Crofts Just Hatched

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    I'm getting a little bit concerned about my eldest Cream Legbar pullet Star (shown above), who I hatched 36 weeks ago. She has still not started to lay, despite the fact her younger sister Misty (who I hatched 30 weeks ago) started to lay about a fortnight ago and produces an egg almost every day.

    Star is fully grown and probably a bit overweight. Her comb is noticeably smaller and paler than Misty's. I also think it has a slightly yellow tinge to it and it appears dry and shrivelled. Behaviourally she appears normal - just as hungry, active and inquisitive as all the others.

    Misty is shown in the image below.

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    Here in the UK it is winter at the moment and the days are very short (sunrise about 8.30 am, sunset before 4 pm), which again could be another reason Star is waiting to lay. Given the fact the other younger birds are laying, I am getting a bit concerned that it could be something medical that is stopping Star from laying. Any opinions would be appreciated.
     
  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there.
    I show and breed cream legbars in Ireland.
    In the past week out of my 6 breeding females,
    I have gotten 1 egg.
    There is nothing to worry about.
    I would think the main reason for them not laying is daylight.
    It's not bright until around 8am and dark around 4:30 pm.
    Hens need around 12 hours light so that's not enough light for eggs,
    Goodluck,
    Fionn.
     
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