Delaware not laying...common with breed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CandaceGodwin, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. CandaceGodwin

    CandaceGodwin Hatching

    Feb 9, 2012
    My pullets are 28 weeks old (March 2014) -- the RIR, Orpington, Wyandotte, and Amerucana are all laying, and have been for about a month or more. The only Delaware I have, is not. She is big and healthy, and she definitely let's me know when someone else lays an egg, but we get nothing from her. Where the others have shown great interest in the nest area (dark, quiet and cozy), the Del wants nothing to do with it. Are they just really late bloomers? Anyone else experience this with Dels? Perhaps she is better suited for the cook pot than the coop. Appreciate you comments or experiences with the breed. -- Candace
  2. CountryFlock

    CountryFlock Songster

    Apr 24, 2014
    United States
    She should start laying by 30 weeks, if not wait more. Please don't cook her...
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Are you absolutely certain that the bird is a pullet? Not asking to insult your knowledge of chickens, but I have had folks (here an offline) talk about a bird that "just won't lay" and have then seen the bird and pointed out the reason the bird would not lay was that it was a cockerel.
  4. MotherOfChkns

    MotherOfChkns In the Brooder

    Oct 3, 2014
    Santa Cruz mountains
    My Delawares did the opposite- they started laying a full month before my Wyandottes that were the same age. It must not be a breed thing.

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