I have a 10 month old orpington named Bufferball who has yet to lay an egg. Her two sisters are laying great (3-5 eggs a week in winter), but Buffer is cleary different...special if you will. She has always been well behind her sisters in maturity, and her comb and giblets have just sort of reached a mature size (the comb is still rather small). I have seen her fiddle in the nest box, but to no avail yet. Aside from her extremely slow maturity, she has some very unusual habits. She is very hesitant to come out of the coop when I open it for the free range, but when she decided to leave, she absolutely BLASTS out and usually flies 50 feet away from the thing. She also rarely dust bathes with the other 4 birds when they are bathing in the yard. She has never been picked on by the other girls, but is probably at the bottom of the pecking order if I had to say. Also, she jostles every now and then and fluffs up her neck feathers, so she tries to climb the ladder I guess. She is just a strange chicken, and although she has yet to produce, I remain optimistic. I won't cull any of the birds in my flock because they are more "pets with benefits" than a food source. I am in it for the eggs, but from my other four hens I get plenty. I plan on expanding my flock anyways, so one bird not laying is ok How long has it taken some of your chickens to lay? Has something like this happened in anybody's flock? Also, will she just never lay? Any stories, opinions, advice would be great! Thanks!