RIR and BA not laying at 6 1/2 months.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kaliki4, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. Kaliki4

    Kaliki4 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 24, 2011
    I have a Rhode Island and a Black Australorp that are 6 1/2 months old and not laying yet. I have a Buff Orpington that I purchased at the same time as the others and she started laying 2 weeks ago. Is there somthing wrong? Oh...I also have a White Rock that has been laying since she was 4 months and 3 days (she is 7 months now)
  2. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    My BO just started laying at 8 months and the Australorp and RIR are both STILL not laying. According to my thread where I asked it sounds normal. Could be winter, could be just a waiting game. Let's all hope that tomorrow is the day! Ha ha
  3. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    This is normal, chickens just like kids are on their own schedule some grow up fast some don't. The shorter days are not helping either. The white rock started laying early so don't judge the other girls by her performance. About the only thing I can tell you that may help is that it seems like my girls that take longer to lay seem to start out laying bigger eggs I have 5 white rocks all the same age and the last one to lay(7 months ) seems to be my best layer.I know waiting is hard but it will happen.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Unfortunately, your pullets came to maturity during the deepest, darkest, coldest days of winter. Although, you don't say where you live. One must assume.

    You also don't say whether you provide any supplemental light. You can either provide that, or just wait for spring. The days grow longer a wee bit each day now.
  5. ceeceeholt

    ceeceeholt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2011
    I have an EE that just laid her first egg at 21 weeks (I'm so excited) BUT in the other run and coop are our older hens and I still am waiting for a SLW and EE to lay and they are 27 weeks:( Here's to waiting! [​IMG]
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    It's perfectly normal. Every bird matures at a different rate. However,due to the weather many birds will not start their laying until spring comes around.
  7. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    Thank you guys for reassuring me. I live in the mountains of Southern California. It's zone 8b so we have frost, snow, low temps and also highs. Odd climate. We do not supplement light as we want to keep the chickens on a natural cycle. If they never laid an egg I'd be sad, but they are my pets. Okay, I'd be really, really sad, Ha ha.
  8. PtldChick

    PtldChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I have quioe a few girls that are 7-8 months old that haven't started laying yet, most likely due to lack of daylight. They'll get there.

    I want a natural cycle too, and I figure since they're first years, they don't need the winter off to molt and recover, so I've started adding light in the morning - just backing it up 15 min every other day and see what happens eventually. It's like I'm jump-starting them a little early, but not too much, since it will take a while to build up to 12 or more hours of light.

    Good luck!

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