Is one of my chickens not laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by brunof399, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. brunof399

    brunof399 In the Brooder

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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?
     
  2. AmazingRachel

    AmazingRachel Songster

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

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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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/

    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.
     
  4. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

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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.
     
  5. brunof399

    brunof399 In the Brooder

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    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 ;-)
     
  6. 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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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Butt Check will tell the tale.
     
  8. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    My chickens are the same at as yours. I think I have gotten the same number of eggs as chickens once in a year! I know they are all laying as I have figured out who lays which eggs.0
     

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