What's wrong with my Ameraucana hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sonomachicks, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. sonomachicks

    sonomachicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 5, 2011
    Just joined the gang, this my first post and I need some help.
    We have three hens, the Ameraucana is one month older(7month old) than the Welsumer and Barred-Rocks. However, the Ameraucana has much smaller body than the others. While the others have started laying eggs in the past a few days, the Ameraucana has not. She was often bullied by the Welsumer, and afraid of eating anything that I putting down for them. I don't know what's wrong with her, why is she smaller and timid? She is eating though.
  2. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

    May 6, 2009
    Vail, Arizona
    Well, maybe its a bantam or a bantam/standard mix? the pecking part is just part of the pecking order. I would put her in a cage during feeding time, with her own food and water.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    First off, Welcome to BYC,

    Ameraucanas usually take longer to start laying. Obviously she is at the bottom of the pecking order, she'll start laying soon enough.

    I have two EEs that didn't start laying until they were just passed 7 months so you never know.

    Good luck and so glad that you found us.
  4. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    They can take alot longer (to lay), and yours may be a bantam. I would pick her up and see how her breastbone feels. You should be able to feel it, but it shouldn't be a sharp feeling.

    Edited to clarify
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2011
  5. GoldenCometLover

    GoldenCometLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2010
    Freeville, NY
    Hi and [​IMG]

    I think it's a combination of the breed and the pecking rank! I too have a beautiful Ameraucana who is smaller than the other hens and gets bullied, and she has not laid yet either...she is going on 9 months old...not to say yours will take that long, my girl Rocky has had a couple bumps in road...first a leg injury and now cocci.... [​IMG]

    I dont' seprate her to another cage or anything but I do spread the food around to multiple locations in the pen so she can definitely get food every day...I also added a couple extra small water sources to make sure she gets fluids! Sometimes I will stand near her while she is eating just to make sure!! [​IMG]

  6. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    I have a splash pullet that has not started to lay yet. She was born the first week of March. I know she is healthy and happy just not ready to lay yet. I figure I won't see an egg out of her until the days start getting much longer and start warming up. Sometimes they just take a while to lay.
  7. junglebird

    junglebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I thought my little Ameraucana X hen was late in laying, too ... till I discovered her secret nest under a juniper bush. [​IMG]
    Now that I've got her laying in a net box, she's my best layer!
  8. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    Give her some time, unless you have a light in the coop it may be another month or so. I have 4 EEs and they started laying later than the other breeds but have held up through the shorter days because I have a light that comes on in the coop at 3 AM. The best one I have lays nice sized blue eggs and she is smaller than even the other EEs. The best layers are my Golden Comets, some eggs won't even fit in the egg carton.

    Oh and, [​IMG]
  9. CPW Chicks

    CPW Chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 26, 2010
    Beaumont, PA
    We have an Ameraucana who is 8 months old and still hasn't laid yet, we blame it on age and then the cold weather. Some hens just take their time.
  10. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Beaver County, PA
    I have 1 Ameraucana hen and 1 rooster. 2 RIR hens. The Ameraucana is noticably smaller than the RIRs and it took her several weeks longer to start laying. I think she was about 9 months old when she finally started. In my flock, she is the little queen though and keeps the bigger RIRs in line. My story was that she, being the queen, didn't have to 'do that'!!! But you can only hold off Mother Nature so long!

    I'm sorry your little one is getting bullied to the point of not eating. There is some very good advice given though (I wouldn't know what to do either). Good luck!

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