Apparently I have really bad luck picking chickens. So far I have already had to place a chicken in a new home because she turned out to be a rooster. In order to replace the rooster I purchased a beautiful Buff Orphington. We decided to name her Honey and we were told she is about 1 yr old. (FYI Honey came from a home that had a rooster) For the first 2 weeks Honey laid eggs and then started to molt. 1 month later she still hasn't laid and has started crowing around 6:30 each morning. We have gone out each morning and picked her up in order to make her stop but have found catching her is difficult. So now we have started using a squirt bottle. We only had one crow and 2 that were stopped in mid stream when the water hit her. She then ceased crowing. We already love her but I can't have a rooster because I live in a neighborhood but I don't want to have to place her in another home. She is not the dominant hen and we have checked for lice and mites and there are none and she is starting to get feathers back. Today I found her in the nesting box on another one of my hens eggs but I scared her accidentally and she jumped off and didn't go back. My question is, If I continue spraying her each morning (not sure how long I can last) will she eventually stop and start laying again? or does she need to be placed with a rooster?