Do some hens never lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joebryant, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I have three hens. Two have laid eggs since January 20. The third began laying very large softshell eggs for about a week. I began giving her yogurt and spinach. She laid two hard shell eggs and hasn't laid another one since near the end of March. She sits on the nest daily, but gets up and leaves without having left an egg. Do some hens never lay eggs or lay just one or two and stop?

    BTW, they all have access to egg shells and crushed oyster shells.
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2009
  2. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Maybe it pays to complain because I just now got an egg out of the west nest where she sits to pretend to lay; the other two hens lay in the east nest unless one switched. I'll see if I get a third egg today (another in the east nest).
    Maybe she smelled the dumplings boiling in the pot.
     
  3. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a white Orphington who lays about one every two weeks.
    She never layed one in her first year.
     
  4. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:That's really strange. Hopefully when they get older, they'll do better. Mine's a sweet little blue Orpingon, and I get more eggs than my wife and I can eat. She really worries me though because I don't know but that there's something dangerously wrong with her. I really wouldn't care if she never laid another egg as long as I knew there was nothing wrong with her. She seems and acts healthy.
     

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