One Hen Just Won't Lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by capebird, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 4 Barred Rocks are going on 26 weeks old now. I got them all together at the same time,
    they are from the same shipment from the hatchery....so they're all the same age.
    3 of them lay consistently, mostly every day.... and have been for about
    4 weeks. The 4th hasn't laid an egg yet, nor is she showing any signs of laying (no squatting as the others do).
    And, no... she is not a he. Any words of wisdom from you veterans? This is my first flock, so wondering if this
    is a "normal" occurrence..... where some birds just take longer to mature.
    Thanks for the insights.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    some just take much longer.
    ... and believe it or not, some never lay.
    I suppose that's where the term 'stewing hen' came from... delicious from the crock pot.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You get dud once in a great while. Something about their hormonal system just never develops properly. Like you, I got a bunch of BRs this past March. One never did exhibit maturity or lay. She also was a bit ostracized by the group because of it, I believe. After giving her two extra months, I gave her to my neighbor in the scant hope that a new environment might have a positive effect. Pretty sure that failed too and after another month, he likely had a nice tender hen on his table.
     

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