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Is Cluckyunique?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by birdlover, May 3, 2016.

  1. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Clucky is a black australorp, almost 9 months old. She has not started laying!!! Has anybody else had a pullet go that long before laying? Has anyone had one that NEVER laid an egg? She is healthy and she has finished a minor molt. She eats organic layer feed, free ranges a couple hours a day, weather permitting and I have the time to watch them. I only have one other pullet, a barred rock, who is 23 weeks and hasn't started laying. They are BFFs. I've just about given up on Clucky!! [​IMG]
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Can you post a picture of Clucky. Someone recently had a 6 month old hen who was making strange sounds - 'she' was a cockerel.
     
  3. thebulg

    thebulg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe there have been many cases of hens who didn't lay until almost a year old.

    If you can catch her, locate her vent. A laying hen's vent will be nickel size or larger, slightly open or very open, pink, and wet looking. A non laying hen will have a tight, closed, pale, very dry vent. If she isn't laying based on those signs, you can keep waiting it out or start looking for signs that she is a he (pics would help for sure!). If she is laying, she's hiding her eggs or possibly eating them.

    There are some other signs of a laying hen like abdomen softness and space between keel bones, but the vent is probably the easiest because you can really see it.
     
  4. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
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  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    She is a hen and in apparently excellent condition.
     
  6. thebulg

    thebulg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks like a lady to me. And she is beautiful. I hope she does end up laying for you!
     
  7. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Thank you so much for your feedback! I hope she gives me an egg soon!!! [​IMG]
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    It looks like she's free range---have you tried confining her? Hens are great at hiding their nests [​IMG]
     
  9. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    She only free ranges when I keep watch on her a couple of hours a day. (Maybe that's not free range?). Otherwise, she and her friend stay in a very large chicken run, part of which is under our deck. I've checked there lots of times and, so far, nothing! I've kept lots of chickens in the past and I know the signs...squatting, worried clucking before laying, going in the nest box a lot, etc. the only sign so far is her comb and wattles are very red. I guess God is teaching me patience. [​IMG]
     

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