freeloader hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by horsefeathers09, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. horsefeathers09

    horsefeathers09 Out Of The Brooder

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    30 week old RIR is not laying and has a different appearance than the others. She barely has a comb at all and what she has is very pale. Why, why, why? I love her anyway, just wondering. Yep, I am definitely new to this!
     
  2. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not sure, I had a bunch of pullets that didn't start laying until 10-12 months old! Maybe she's just a late bloomer.
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I have had some late bloomers. Right now I have 16 pullets and all are starting to lay except one. her comb and wattles are small. One of my hens was a late bloomer, but now is the largest in size of all of my birds.
     
  4. horsefeathers09

    horsefeathers09 Out Of The Brooder

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    She is in fact the largest of my birds, But she has no wattles, no comb, and kinda looks like a turkey!
     
  5. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:maybe she is one...
    OoOOoOoOoOoOOO
     
  6. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    Every hen is different. Are you sure she's not hiding all her eggs somewhere?
    PS- I like your username [​IMG] So where did YOU get the idea? I got it from the expression that means "nonsense".
     
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    My banty cochin is over 40 weeks old and no egg. [​IMG]

    She's the sole moocher remaining of the original 4 moochers.

    2 more moochers will join our household tomorrow... but they'll only be 3 days old. [​IMG]
     
  8. Hoot

    Hoot Out Of The Brooder

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    If she isn't crowing or a procrastinator, then she's just saving her self for the right time. She wants it to be special.

    I'm sure she'll come around soon.
     
  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    It might help if you could post a picture. I suspect there are RIR experts on here that might spot something. My first suspicion is that she is not a RIR. Second one is that she may be a he. Third, she is hiding her eggs somewhere. Fourth, that is just the way she is.
     
  10. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen that is two years old, at least, and has never laid an egg.

    We call her "Freeloader"![​IMG][​IMG]
     

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