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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lisa Chicks, Oct 28, 2016.

  1. Lisa Chicks

    Lisa Chicks New Egg

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    My 6 month old white leghorn has not layed eggs yet. She has a good diet, exercise, a good nest box,and seems healthy. Is this typical?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    While production bred leghorns are often early to mature, there is nothing unusual about a 6 month old bird not yet laying. It can often be helpful to age birds in weeks vs. months with regards to maturation at this point -- also, is this bird of exhibition (breeder) or production (hatchery) lines? Can you take and post a photo or two of the bird so that we can see and assess the physical signs of maturity?
     
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  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Just like humans, chickens mature at their own rate. There is no set time that a bird will start laying, they will lay when their bodies are mature enough to lay. Also, with the decreasing daylight, it will take longer for a bird to start laying.

    Some other factors that can inhibit laying:
    Feed, make sure they have feed available at all times
    Water, do not let them run out. Eggs have a high water content.
    Coop stresses, or predator issues.
     
  4. Maeschak

    Maeschak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could she be hiding her eggs? My production leghorn would go to *extreme* lengths to hide her eggs.... just a thought.
     

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