Should I COOK her? Need your thoughts.......

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenlickin8, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a RIR hen that is now 8 months old and she still is not laying. She gets in the nest and pretends but then NOTHING! Shouldn't she be laying by now? I have younger hens laying already. I am thinking about either getting rid of this free loader or cooking her for dinner. Thoughts welcome......
     
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Really that all depends on how you feel about it. If it was grandma, she'd say cook her! I think it just depends on how you feel. [​IMG]
     
  3. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know one of my hens was a laid late--9 months, but when she started laying, it was crazy! She was laying every day!!! Are you sure she's not eating her eggs or stashing them. We has a couple hens that we thought weren't laying and then ended up finding a jack pot up in the rafters---over 20 eggs!!! lol
     
  4. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep! I agree with gumpsgirl. It just depends on how you feel about it. the term "free loader" doesn't sound too positive for the hen. [​IMG]
     
  5. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know she is not hiding eggs because they are in a coop 24/7 and she's not eating eggs because all of the other hens lay and I gather between 5-7 eggs from the nest boxes daily.

    I feel bad being that I raised her from a chick but I got them for egg production and she is not pulling her weight thus far! She needs to get laying or into the POT she goes! [​IMG]
     
  6. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    I've given my girls a time limit. Anyone not laying by 8 months gets to make good friends with some dumplings. Like you, I have them to lay eggs and can't afford to feed a "pet" chicken.
     
  7. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't do pet chickens either. It's put up or cook up!
     
  8. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    o.k. I'm going to buck the trend. If you ar sure she is a she(RIR can be tricky),I'd give her more time. Mine have started laying at a later age this year. Sometimes it takes longer,especially if the daylight hours dropped right around 6 months of age. She might wait until Spring.
     
  9. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree!!! Or sell her! I make $15/hen around here. I have had plenty of people buy my hens before they laid and still paid $15. Just a thought!
     
  10. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I would give her more time too, but then again, I am a softie. I have heard of hens starting to lay as late as 12 months old.
     

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