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My two pullets won't lay???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kimslack, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. kimslack

    kimslack Songster

    Oct 13, 2009
    Western NY
    I have two pullets that are both 24 or 25 weeks old. One is a pure black Ameracuna hen and the other a very plump golden laced wyondotte hen. They don't lay eggs. The GLW may have layed one or two but not sure. She sleeps in the egg box at night and seems to like being in there. The Ameracuna is totally uninterested in egg box and runs around like a teenager and wants to play. I saw the rooster on the Ameracuna and know she's fertile. I looked at both their vents and I can get only 2 fingers between the Ameracuna's pelvic bones.. The GLW I'm not sure what is going on.

    Since both are healthy and energetic, I'll keep them around awhile longer. Has anyone run into this before?


  2. CrazyCatNChickenLady

    CrazyCatNChickenLady Songster

    Jan 23, 2010
    Berry Creek, Ca
    It doesn't always happen at 24 weeks exactly. Sometimes it can take weeks/months longer. Signs they're starting to lay are reddening of the comb, squating for the rooster(or you if you dont have a rooster)- If the're doing that I'd look for a secret nest, maybe they're not sure where they're supposed to lay. If you think they're defective you can always send them to me! [​IMG]
  3. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

    Mar 18, 2010
    stamford, ct
    I wouldn't worry yet. I have two Olive Eggers from this year's hatch who are still holding out on me - they're 31 weeks old. All the others started laying quite a while ago. There are also EE's in my original flock who I remember starting to lay quite a bit after the others. There's a wide range of "normal" for laying age. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2011
  4. LT

    LT Songster

    Aug 21, 2011
    West Fork
    Yep. I am still waiting on 4 of my nine to lay, and they were 27 weeks yesterday: three EE's and one Cuckoo Maran.
  5. kimslack

    kimslack Songster

    Oct 13, 2009
    Western NY
    They are both such cuties I'll wait on a formal eviction notice. Silly old chickens. [​IMG]
  6. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Our black rock started laying just before 25 weeks. The orpington and orpington cross we're still waiting on going on week 27.
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    All animals mature at different times. Your pullets have not matured yet. They will lay. Be patient.

  8. Little One

    Little One Chirping

    Oct 9, 2011
    SE Virginia
    If they free range, make sure there isn't a hidden nest! That happened with us. Finally decided to stalk our white rock one morning and found her going to lay under an old satellite dish with 10 other eggs already under it. You think you've been waiting a long time...we are still waiting for an EE to start laying. At almost 8 months old now! From what I've heard EEs & Ameraucanas are late bloomers. Just be patient, they will lay when they are ready.
  9. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Songster

    Aug 23, 2011
    Portland OR
    Quote:LT, What is a cherry egger?

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