Hen still not laying!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenluver555, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. chickenluver555

    chickenluver555 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]I have three Easter Egger hens. I got them all from the same hatchery when they were just a few days old. Two of them started laying at 19 weeks, but now they are 25 weeks old and the third one still isn't laying! There have been no signs of "squatting" or anything. Why isn't she like her sisters?[/FONT]
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I trust they are all three hens. You should be able to clearly tell a rooster by now.

    Do you have siblings or cousins? Are you exactly like them? From a hatchery, those hens are probably not even half-sisters genetically, but are more likely cousins.

    Chickens are individuals. They are all different, even full sisters. I’ve had pullets start to lay at 16 weeks. I’ve had some wait 9 months to start. What you are describing is not at all unusual. They will lay when they lay.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree with Ridgerunner, all pullets mature at different rates. They will lay when their bodies are mature enough.
     
  4. chickenluver555

    chickenluver555 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay cool. Now I'm not as worried. thanks
     

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