Pullets havent laid in a whole year!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PrettyChickens, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. PrettyChickens

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    We have two Leghorns that we got last April. All my other chickens and pullets are laying. Sunshine will get in to the nesting box and stay on the eggs for about an hour and then leave. Peeps has shown no interest in the nesting boxes and neither of them squat to be mated. My rooster mates them any way but still no eggs. Nothing is stressing them out that I am aware of. They are some of the calmest Chickens in our flock. They have no hidden nest. Thanks[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    OK, a rooster mating with them has no effect on them laying---rooster only makes the eggs they should be laying---fertile. White leghorns are known to be egg laying machines---usually started by 5 months old and white eggs. I have raised LH's for many years and have never had this problem. You got a pic of your leghorns?
     
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  3. AshlyMommaWard

    AshlyMommaWard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pictures would help. Is there a chance they're mixed, and are laying brown eggs and that's why you think they're not laying? I can't imagine or theorize why two birds, obtained together (?) Would both not be laying at over a year old. Very bizarre. Leghorn's have very dominant genetics, it would be possible to mix them and still get an all white, small framed bird that lays a brown or lightly tinted egg. Happens often.
    If your other birds are laying, I'll assume you're providing adequate nutrition to maintain a healthy laying flock. My suspicion would be either they're laying brown, or you've got something/someone with a taste for white eggs.... :/
    Best wishes.
     
  4. PrettyChickens

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    This is Sunshine in the nesting box.
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    This is Peeps.
     
  5. PrettyChickens

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    They have access to plenty of clean feed and they free range fifty percent of the time.
    None of the eggs are being stolen. Sometimes my dog gets in the coop while the girls are free ranging and eats the eggs, but I almost always gather them. Thanks so much for the help[​IMG]
     
  6. AshlyMommaWard

    AshlyMommaWard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Where did you get them? They have awfully small combs for Leghorn's and look a little thick. Leghorn hen combs are usually very large and flop over to one side. Legions carry dominant white, so when mixed with other breed you get a white bird with maybe some black spots, not seeing any black spots on them.. they don't look wide enough for white rocks.. but that's what the comb looks more like.. maybe a Leghorn rock cross laying light tinted eggs?
    Edited to add, that looks like the comb of a laying bird, but not a laying Leghorn. A quick Google search will show you the massive floppy comb you'd expect from a pure Leghorn.
     
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  7. PrettyChickens

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    We got them at Rural King.
     
  8. PrettyChickens

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    We got six chickens last year including the leghorns, from Rural King. They are all laying. I also have nine other hens who are laying, so that makes me think not a stress issue. All my chickens in the past have also been from Rural King.
     
  9. keesmom

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    Those aren't Leghorns. They have red earlobes. Are you getting brown eggs?
     
  10. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Am I understanding that these two pullets have never laid yet?

    If that's the case, these two are simply slow in responding to the lengthening days and should begin to lay any day now. The fact they were coming to point of lay as the days were getting too short to provide adequate daylight, would indicate their bodies are just trying to catch up to the longer days.

    Inspect their hip bones on either side of their vents. Two fingers width indicates they should be ready to lay very soon.
     

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