Hen with 9 week old chicks still not laying...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LocoPollo, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My only hen of laying age has 9 week old chicks, and yet she has still not returned to laying. Is this normal? Also, i just saw for the first time the rooster trying to mate with her today. She wasnt trying to get away, either. Does that mean eggs are near? I am new to all this and have not seen any eggs yet ( the hen and rooster was given to me along with her babies.) Thanks!
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Mating has nothing at all to do with hens and their egg laying. A rooster is like an old billy goat - randy from Dusk to dawn and back to dusk.

    It often takes them a while to get back to laying. This time of year, the heat stress, coming off a brood - all sorts of factors can delay her starting to lay again.

    9 weeks isn't anything to worry about. She will start back when her body is ready and you can't rush it.
     
  3. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is helpful, thanks! I can't wait- I still cant decide if iwant to eat the eggs or let her raise some more chicks!
     

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