One RIR that wont lay...just pretends!!! GRRRRRR!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenlickin8, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 hens, 2 of which are RIR. ALL of my girls are laying except Miss RhoDEE! The RIRs are the same age (25 weeks now). One has been laying since she was 20 weeks old and the other one is just pretending to lay! She goes in the nest box, sits for awhile and then gets up and leaves. She has been doing this for 3 or 4 weeks now. What gives?? Shouldn't she be laying by now? Is she a dud?

    Here she is........
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  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    They don't all mature at the same time, just give her another couple of weeks.

    Late bloomer maybe?
     
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Glad I'm not the only one. I have a BR who is 21wks, bright red comb and wattles for the past 2-3wks, sits in the nest box for a bit every morning, but no eggs yet. I have nothing to offer you in the way of advice, but you are not alone!
     
  4. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    It's possible she's just a late bloomer, but just to be sure, feel her abdomen, between her legs. Is her belly soft and squishy, or hard? Do you feel any lumps?
     
  5. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe she is just a late bloomer. What am I feeling her belly for? I didn't feel any lumps...like an egg....darn! I guess she will surprise one day ....SOON, I hope.
     
  6. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    [​IMG] I recently had to put a hen down because she was an "internal layer". But I knew she was sick, and her abdoment was rock hard, like there was a huge egg just waiting to come out. Come to find out it was about 2 months worth of eggs compacted in there into a giant potato of infection. [​IMG] If her belly is soft and squishy like the others, then it is perhaps that she's just getting ready to lay. [​IMG]
     
  7. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    She's practicing, lol.
     

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