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

chickenlickin8

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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......
 

gumpsgirl

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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.
 

[email protected]@2four

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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
 

chickenlickin8

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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!
 

PotterWatch

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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.
 

ginasmarans

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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.
 

[email protected]@2four

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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!
 

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