No eggs from from my BCM hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by My Marans, May 25, 2017.

  1. My Marans

    My Marans Hatching

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    I got an BCM hen back in Feb 2017 and was told she was 14 months old. We took her home and she has only layed 3 eggs since we have had her. What could be the problem? We have an barred rock hen that lays almost every day. They eat the same food as well. Thanks
     
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Crowing

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    She could be older then what they said she was or maybe some other problem?
     
  3. Tenrec

    Tenrec Chirping

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    Is she otherwise healthy? Feel of her pelvis, see if it fits the profile of a laying hen her age. There are guides to doing this, with images.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    The move probably stopped her laying...change in environment and feed.
    Marans are not known to be stellar layers either.
    What and how exactly are you feeding?
    Do you free range?

    Squatting:
    If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.
    Tho not all birds will do this, especially if there's a cockbird in the flock.
    This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.

    Combs and Wattles:
    Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.
    Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.
    Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!

    Vent Appearance:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying.

    Pelvic Points, feel for the 2 bony points(pelvic bones F-F) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
    (Spacing is relative with chickens size and humans finger size.)

    Chicken pubic bones.jpg
     
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