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Two of my chickens have never laid an egg. Why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Castaway, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. Castaway

    Castaway In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2009
    It's been thirty weeks and still no eggs from two of my chickens. One is a Partridge cochin and the other a BO. With much shorter days now I expect I won't be getting any eggs from them until next spring. Maybe. Is this unusual? Why do some chickens take so long to start laying?

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Some are barren and never lay. Just what you wanted to hear.
  3. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Quote:Do they free range? I bet they are hiding them from you if they do get to free range. [​IMG]
  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:Try 40 weeks like me and then crab [​IMG] [​IMG] seriously! your BO should be laying anyday now!
  5. Castaway

    Castaway In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2009

    Yes, my chickens free range. I'm fairly certain there are no hidden eggs.


    You sure know how to cheer a fella up.[​IMG]


    I hope 40 weeks does the trick. I hate to replace them but if they don't start laying by next spring I'm going to revoke their citizenship rights.[​IMG]
  6. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    I have a group of heritage RIR that are 36 weeks old and have not begun laying. I am impatient to say the least. I think it has to be quite soon, their combs and wattles are bright red.

    I think yours will lay soon. The Cochins for sure are later and I had a buff orp that took her good time as well
  7. Castaway

    Castaway In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2009
    Quote:Thanks greathorse. I needed to hear that. I'm getting two eggs a day from my other two but it sure would be nice to have 4 per day.

  8. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Last year I had a couple hens start laying in December. They were 30-35 weeks old.

    Imp- there's always hope.
  9. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Songster

    Dec 31, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    I have two hens that are not molting, very healthy, are 8 months old, and have NEVER laid one egg. I'm just guessing that it's going to be that way until the Spring.
  10. cybercat

    cybercat Songster

    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    The larger heritage breeds will take longer to lay. Also if they are not feed 18% or better protien that will slow them down too and alot. Out of my flock of 22 pullets I have 10 laying for sure. I have always fed 20% protien based on advise from those breeding heritage stock. My chickens are like 30 weeks now but started laying at 20weeks . Just remember if you layer is less than 20% and you are feeding other stuff like scratch that will bring protien down even futher. So cut out extras and add some extra protien too see if that helps. many use cat food as a booster if they can not find a 20% feed. I know Purina Flock raiser is 20% so is worth a try.

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