Only three outta 5 hens laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bren7878, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. bren7878

    bren7878 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 15, 2016
    We have five hens 21+ weeks and only three are laying Ive seen a road island and a barred rock in the nesting boxes but am unsure which other hen is laying they are all the same age and one of the buffs has not developed a comb or waddle yet. Im thinking one could be her? Any ideas on why the other are not laying.. We usually get 2-3 eggs a day..[​IMG]
  2. bren7878

    bren7878 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 15, 2016
    [​IMG] this is our other buff who has her waddle and comb..
  3. harmesonfarm

    harmesonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2015
    Nanaimo, BC
    Our pullets started laying within a few weeks of each other, not all chickens develop at the same rate just like people.
    Perhaps, the hen with the lesser wattles and comb has just not reached maturity enough to begin laying.
    Our two pullets lily and gracie had the smallest combs and then one day they developed practically overnight, in a few days' time they were laying consistently just about every day a little egg.
    Perhaps this is why?
  4. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    21 weeks is way to soon to worry, you have about 6 or 7 more weeks before you should really start being concerned...
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    They are young.....They will start laying. Have no worries.My new flock ranges from 14 weeks and 10 weeks....I do not expect any eggs for some time yet...I just enjoy the pullets...

  6. bren7878

    bren7878 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 15, 2016
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Buff Orpingtons are slower to mature than other breeds. And, usual range of laying is 18-22 weeks, but it can vary to either side of that.

    Nothing's wrong, just give them time.

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