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+++Do some hens NOT lay eggs??+++

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by keysfarmgirl, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. keysfarmgirl

    keysfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 hens and have been averaging one egg a day. One hen goes to the nest box and does her thing and we get an egg. The other one, which I think may be a little "mentally challenged" goes to the nest box and makes noise, but we never find an egg after. Are there some hens that just don't lay eggs? Would this mean there is a health problem?
     
  2. Driftwood Coop

    Driftwood Coop Out Of The Brooder

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    How old are they? And what breed?
    I have some Polish hens that laid eggs for awhile, then stopped.
     
  3. keysfarmgirl

    keysfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    They are both 8 month old Ameraucanas. I got them at the same time from someone who raised them from babies.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I bet she's practing the whole laying an egg routine. She should start soon.
    Don't be too concerned that just because they are the same breed they didn't start laying at the same time.
    I have four sisters. We didn't all "start" at the same time either. [​IMG]
     
  5. Driftwood Coop

    Driftwood Coop Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry, I don't have that breed and I don't know much about it. Based on what I've seen from the Polish, it's possible for them to stop due to traumatic change. Maybe the move to your house was traumatic?
    My experience was this -- Something attacked our chickens a month and a half ago. They all survived and the rooster fought it off, but the Polish haven't laid since. I have heard sometimes it can take weeks or months for a hen to get back on track.
     
  6. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bileave so, I have one RIR hen which is exactly one year old and she never ever laied an egg.
     
  7. keysfarmgirl

    keysfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! A year old and no eggs.
    Omram, does your RIR sit on the nest and make egg laying noises?

    Gritstar, how old were yours when they started?
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:My first hen to lay was just shy of five months - really early for a brahma. My last two to lay were 9 1/2 months old. Lil'Bit laid one egg at around 6 months and didn't lay again for two months. She's now one of my most regular layers; nearly an egg every day. All brahmas.
     
  9. keysfarmgirl

    keysfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, so maybe I should just give her a while. Being a new chicken owner you just never know what "normal" is. Thanks for the input.
     
  10. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    My banty cochin is a year old as of the end of this month and she's never laid an egg. Good thing she's cute...
     

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