Have no idea why one of my hens is not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Thousand Oaks Family, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Thousand Oaks Family

    Thousand Oaks Family Out Of The Brooder

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    I purchased a few hens and coop at the start of July. 2 of the hens are laying but the third one is not. She actually looks the best of the three. Acts just fine. Nothing that I can determine. I even tried boosting protein in case that was the cause. Any other ideas out there?


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  2. ADozenGirlz

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    How old is she?
     
  3. Cheep

    Cheep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where is she in the pecking order?
     
  4. Thousand Oaks Family

    Thousand Oaks Family Out Of The Brooder

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    She is about a year and a half old. No signs of molting and she is at the top of the pecking order.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  5. ADozenGirlz

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    Quote:Hmmm. Is she in the union? lol
    Seriously though, have you felt to see whether she is egg-bound?
     
  6. Terri O

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    Feel in the back and see how far apart her bones are. Perhaps she is just a non-layer. OTOH--has she laid for you in the past? Her feet and comb look like she is an older bird to me. Terri O
     
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  7. Thousand Oaks Family

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    Where are the bones? Not sure what to feel for. I have heard of bleaching. What is that? I have noticed that her corwn is not as red on the tips.
     
  8. nancypo

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    She looks like my red sex linked Sarah. Maybe give her some time to adjust or?
     
  9. Terri O

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    The bones are the pelvic bones on either side of her vent. If they are pretty close together and not real flexible then she is probably never going to lay eggs. Her vent should also be moist and supple looking. A laying hen will have 2-3 finger-width spacing between the bones. Bleaching refers to the color leaving legs, vent, earlobes etc. I am sure you can find a good explanation of it somewhere on here and in what order if happens. HTH--Terri O
     
  10. Thousand Oaks Family

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    At what age do hens stop laying?
     

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