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My Buff Orpington Bantam not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FeatherFrenze, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. FeatherFrenze

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    My baby was born first week in June. I have 6 that I got all different breeds. My buff orpington bantam is the only one not laying. Is this common? Should I be worried? Is it possible she may never lay? It's kind of funny as I named her Mama and she is the only one not laying lol.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    It is very unusual for a hen her age not to have started laying yet and at this stage I'm afraid it possible that she may have some issue and never will. But then, I have had one hen that laid her first egg aged 8 months, so fingers crossed yours is just a very late bloomer!
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    There are some breeds that don't start laying until they are older, your hen is around 8 months, my bantam from last year June have just finally started laying in the last week. I think within the next month she will start. Many bantam are slower to begin laying and often wait until the approach of Spring. They follow a more natural way, as they haven't been bred for just egg production, they are mostly bred for their looks and personality.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    My June and July pullets have just started laying the last 2-3 weeks. Is she showing any signs of maturity, such as a redder, larger comb or squatting? If so, my thought is she's just not production bred and is waiting for the days to get a little longer. I'll bet you have eggs from her by Easter.
     
  5. FeatherFrenze

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    She is squatting her comb is small not sure if it's redder. I am trying to add a picture of her but not sure how to do that.
     
  6. FeatherFrenze

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    Thank you everyone for your input!!
     
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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    That is a bantam buff Columbian Brahma, I have one just like her, mine just started laying, yours looks ready too.
     
  9. FeatherFrenze

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    Here is a better picture of her.
     
  10. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    She is ready to start laying, my guess is in the next week.
     
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