Something wrong with my Australorp. Please help!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickenCrazy8, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a couple of questions about my Australorp. She is 5 and a half months old. The three other chickens I got her with(2 ameraucana's and 1 SLW) are already laying. But she isn't. Do Australorps take longer to lay???
    Also, I have seen her mounting one of the SLW she grew up with. But she is not Crowing and she looks like the perfect Australorp hen. What's wrong with her???? I am really disappointed because out of all the breeds I have she would hypothetically be the best layer (if she were laying). And I don't want her to hurt my SLW by mounting her.
    Thanks in advance,
    Zoë
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The mounting thing could just be dominance. Hopefully! I've heard that certain breeds take longer to lay than others. But Australorps should start laying between 20-22 weeks though some people say 24-28 weeks. Give her a bit longer?
     
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  3. sallihennipenni

    sallihennipenni Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree that the mounting is a dominance thing. I have 4 breeds.....Rhode Island Red, Buff Orpington, Barred Rock and Black Australorps. Of my 12 hens, I have one black that is often mounting other hens. She's at the top of the pecking order and wants to let the other girls know it! All 5 of my Black O's are good layers. Give her time.[​IMG]
     
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  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Can you post a picture of her?
     
  5. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here she is:
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  6. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is laying!!!
     

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