Is one of my chickens not laying?

brunof399

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Apr 8, 2017
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We have had our chickens since April of 2017. I have been very happy with the egg production but I am beginning to wonder if 1 chicken has never laid an egg. We have 7 chickens but have only ever seen 6 eggs laid in one day. Is it possible that the chickens have never all laid an egg on the same day? Or is it more likely that 1 chicken has never laid an egg?
 

AmazingRachel

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You can check the chicken in question by measuring her pelvic bones.
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aart

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You can check the chicken in question by measuring her pelvic bones.
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That's a pretty good 'info-graphic'....too bad it's not labeled 'laying' and 'not laying'.
Here's a real skeletal illustration and explanation:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/who-is-laying-and-who-is-not-butt-check.73309/

We have had our chickens since April of 2017. I have been very happy with the egg production but I am beginning to wonder if 1 chicken has never laid an egg. We have 7 chickens but have only ever seen 6 eggs laid in one day. Is it possible that the chickens have never all laid an egg on the same day? Or is it more likely that 1 chicken has never laid an egg?
Welcome to BYC!
What breeds do you have?
Same birds only lay 2-3-4 times week, pretty rare to get an egg from every bird then.
 

Cindy in PA

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Except when I had sex linked hens, it's rare for me to get the same number of eggs as the number of hens I have, even in the beginning of lay. It happens from time to time. I would think your hens are all laying unless you have other evidence, they take turns with a day of rest.
 

brunof399

In the Brooder
Apr 8, 2017
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10
That's a pretty good 'info-graphic'....too bad it's not labeled 'laying' and 'not laying'.
Here's a real skeletal illustration and explanation:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/who-is-laying-and-who-is-not-butt-check.73309/

Welcome to BYC!
What breeds do you have?
Same birds only lay 2-3-4 times week, pretty rare to get an egg from every bird then.

Thanks for the replies. I have 2 Buff Orphingtons, 1 Barred Rock, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, and 2 Black Australorps.

Don't get me wrong - we are getting plenty of eggs. I was just curious if we had a freeloader ;-)
 

RWise

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I find it rare to get as many eggs in one day as I have hens that are laying. I read that it takes a hen on average 26 hours to make an egg, so 6 out of 7 sounds good from here!
 

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