My RIR is a dud. ***UPDATE***

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by horsewishr, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. horsewishr

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    My worst layer is my 10-month-old RIR. She started out great, and laid almost every day for about 3 months. Then practically nothing. Over the winter I got a couple of doulbe-shelled eggs, shell-less eggs, and misshapen eggs. But mostly nothing, day after day. She hasn't laid in weeks, although I get about 2 eggs a day from the other three hens. On the rare occasion when I do get an egg from the RIR, it's usually small, pale, and thin-shelled. What could be wrong with my her? She looks great and acts perfectly healthy.
     
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  2. Buff Hooligans

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    I'd keep an eye on her. Sounds like her egg-processing plumbing isn't doing so well.
     
  3. arlee453

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    Probably just the way she was made. On a production farm, she'd be culled and no chicks hatched from her.

    Keep a watch on her for any dangerous egg laying issues, like being egg bound, internal layer, etc.

    If she is a healthy chicken otherwise, you can just enjoy her as part of the flock for entertainment value.
     
  4. horsewishr

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    Quote:She is entertaining. She's by far the biggest dingbat in the flock. She's always getting distracted when free-ranging. The others will have moved on to a new area--and then Rue discovers that she's "all alone." She has a big panic attack, and goes squawking and running after the others. It's the same thing, over and over! [​IMG]
     
  5. horsewishr

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    OK, she just made a liar out of me. This morning she laid the biggest egg we've gotten from ANY of the girls: 2.5 ounces. It had her trademark (small) wrinkles on the large end, but other than that it was perfect. And I know it's her egg, because I saw her in the nest.
     
  6. Stormhorse23

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    congrats!
     
  7. arlee453

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    Just like kids..... [​IMG]
     

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