Sorry for posting so much about this...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by StarLover21, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm still really worried about my white leghorn. She's 31 weeks, and no eggs. She's eating layer crumble, and has plenty of fresh water and nesting places. I've heard the egg song once, but no eggs, and it wasn't just form her, but from all of them at once! I'm less impatient about eggs than I am worried about her- is she internally laying or something? Is there anything I should do? Or should I just be pateint!
    She does have a really big, red comb, although she does not squat. She is very scared of people so I doubt she will squat, and I know some chickens don't. I have golf balls in the nesting box, too. She is very spoiled and lookes healthy!

    ETA: See pictures post 17!
     
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  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    she could just be taking her sweet time. is there any possibility she's laying somewhere else and you're not seeing the eggs?
     
  3. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please forgive me; I'm not trying to be funny, but are you sure she is a she? Is her comb larger and redder than you would expect? Wattles? Long tail feathers or saddle feathers?
     
  4. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't worry, I expected that :) . I am 100 percent positive that she a she. I hang around the "What Breed and Gender is this" a lot, and (not bragging), am very good at sexing pullets. Here's a picture of her around 20 weeks if you want to make sure:
    She's alot younger in this picture, but you can still tell she's a pullet.

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  5. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a similar hen. Mine is my splash hamburg. I have only gotten 7 eggs from her and she is now 9 months old. So much for the "Dutch every day layer". I would not worry too much if she is eating and drinking and acting fine.
    Some hens just do not live up to the standards.
     
  6. DelDels

    DelDels Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There was a thread on here not long ago about using cayenne pepper to increase laying. Some of the posters had success with starting hens like yours. Do a search for the thread as directions and amounts to use were given. Hope this helps.
     
  7. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I just added cayanne pepper to their food. We'll see if it helps!
     
  8. DelDels

    DelDels Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Luck to you and your hen. Let us know how it goes!
     
  9. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks :) . No eggs yet of course, but I'm still looking!
     
  10. dolly85

    dolly85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you provide artificial lighting? I didn't my first few years of raising chickens and ended up with pullets who wouldn't lay until 10 months of age! I'd get them as chicks in the summer and not recieve an egg until the following spring. I live up in northern Wisconsin though, so I think the short wintery cold days discourage them from laying. Now I light the coop and get eggs year round, even from my younger hens. :)
     

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