Hen not laying?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fishandchix1, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. fishandchix1

    fishandchix1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 seven-month-old before buff Orpington hens and they haven't laid an egg until today, where one of them laid in egg sac just without the shell. I bought Oyster shells and put it in the regular feed and they eat it, but they still won't lay eggs except for today. What should I do? Is this normal?
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Be patient. Pullets that come into lay in the fall take a while to mature. It's very normal to have shell-less eggs from first time layers, even when they are provided with calcium. Very rarely will they start laying on a regular basis. It takes time for all the parts of the egg laying system to start working together.
     
  3. fishandchix1

    fishandchix1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you that's very reassuring! How often does it usually take?
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It can vary from individual to individual. Some take a few days to get regular, others can take a few months. Both are completely normal.
     

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