Never ever laid, when to give up?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Headcock, May 14, 2010.

  1. Headcock

    Headcock In the Brooder

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    I have a couple of welsummers and barred rock that are 9 months old,
    and have never ever, laid one single egg! I have them on a good protein
    diet, I feed them Cock Mix-19% protein and Layena.
    Perhaps they are sterile...when should I give up????
     

  2. lavacaw

    lavacaw Songster

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    I was ready to give up on a cochin I got in January that was a year old and molting but three days ago she laid an egg and has laid one every day since. My barred rocks and rir's all seemed to take about nine months to start laying. Hang in there a little while longer. If they start molting without laying, it's time to drag out the soup pot!
     
  3. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    Kansas
    My Americuana did not lay until this spring and I got her last year as a 5 month old pullet some chickens take longer to get going in the egg dept. is there anyway they could have a hidden nest some where and not lay where the others lay just wondering I had to put a golf ball in the nest boxes to get the girls to start laying where they were supposed to.
     
  4. Headcock

    Headcock In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice! I'll give them some more time.
     
  5. math ace

    math ace Crowing

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    Quote:Mine were taking too long to lay . . . and everybody in my family laughed at me when I put golf balls in the laying nests. Within the week I had two hens laying. Could of just been a coincidence - - - but what could it hurt ?
     
  6. KWAK

    KWAK Songster

    Feb 2, 2009
    Michigan
    quite a few of my chickens started laying from 9-11 months... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. macdoogle

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    I purchased 2 pullets 7 weeks ago. My first chickens. One started laying the next day. The other nothing yet. I was giving it up for a roo, but maybe I'm premature on that. How can you tell a hen from a rooster?
     

  8. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    Kansas
    Some chickens take time to develop just like us human nobody hit puberty at the exact same moment. just give it some time i am sure that they will start to lay or crow in no time.
     

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