Hens not laying eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gelky, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Gelky

    Gelky Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 7 hens. 2 of them are about 7 months and the other 5 are about 4 months old.

    I am a little bit concerned about the two 7 month old hens because they have yet to lay any eggs.

    The breeds are Astrolorpe and Americauna.

    I spoke to my neighbor who have raised chickens and she said, "sorry, at 7 months. You have roosters."

    Both of these "hens" don't crow in the morning but she said that some rooster don't crow.

    Is that possible?

    How do I check the sex of the chicken?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Harrietsmum

    Harrietsmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post a picture for us?
     
  3. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Post pictures. At 7months they will look distinctly hen-ish or rooster-ey.

    As for why they arent laying (assuming they are Hens)
    1. What are you feeding them?
    2. How much daylight are you getting? They need approximately 14hours a day so many will stop laying over winter
    3. Are they moulting? Some people have had hens start moulting around the time they were supposed to start laying and had to wait months for that first egg.
    4. It's spelt Australorp, I would have expected her to start laying by now. The Ameraucana may take a little longer.

    If my calculations are right, they are both 28weeks. Good layers start around 20weeks, Ameraucana's/EE/Aracuanas tend to lay later.
     
  4. Gelky

    Gelky Out Of The Brooder

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    1) Feeding them standard chicken feed. I switched over from the starter feed about 2 months ago.
    2) right now it's winter and so they are getting about 10 hours of light a day, no external lighting. That's good info to have about 14 hours. thanks
    3) nope not molting.

    Here are my chickens. I have no idea of how to determine their gender
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    I suspect this might be rooster but am not sure.
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    Thanks!
     
  5. swimchick

    swimchick Out Of The Brooder

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    the tail fether looks like a rooster on the last pic [​IMG]
     
  6. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an 8 month old hen who hasn't laid yet either. Not to worry. Someone on BYC once wrote that chicks who reach point of lay around fall/winter often will not begin laying their eggs until the days get longer again.

    All of yours, with the exception of the last, look henish to me.
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    The last 2 pics are roosters. The rest look like pullets. The first one (looks to be a black australorp) looks ready to lay. The EE in the 2nd picture is really close as do the red sex links in the 3rd picture. The white one looks a bit behind in comb development. But don't be expecting any eggs out of the last 2.
     
  8. rigagirl

    rigagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gelky they are beauties
     
  9. Megs

    Megs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:agree!
     
  10. Gelky

    Gelky Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info all. I will just have to wait till it's warm and brighter.

    Bummer with the last two, I really like colors they are sporting. I just hope they don't crow much or they are goners (city code an all not allowing for Roosters).
     

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