When to give up on hen laying an egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Apocalypstick, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Apocalypstick

    Apocalypstick Out Of The Brooder

    I have a hen, Tikka Masala, I have no idea what breed she is... sex linked, isa brown or something. I have no idea. (Included a pic)

    She's about 5 months old now, and has NEVER laid an egg. Our other chickens, one who I know to be within 2 weeks of age of Tikka, has laid an egg every day for the past 3-4 weeks. Tikka has no interest of going anywhere near the other two when they are laying. My other two hens, which are laying, lay at roughly the same time in the exact same area and our Black Australorp is REALLY REALLY LOUD when an egg is being laid (by either her or out other hen).

    Being that Tikka is the same age as our other hens, how long should we give her before we give up on her ever laying?

    Thanks in advance
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    Sorry about the bum-end shot, she's very camera shy. The top photo was taken about 4 weeks ago, the bottom one is more recent (maybe 2 weeks).
     
  2. daoustaj

    daoustaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some breeds take up to 24 weeks. Are they free range, she may have her own sneaky spot. When you go to pet her, does she squat? I read about squatting on here and when my chickens were laying, and when id go to touch them theyd squat, and when they took a brief winter break, i had no squatters, but now theyve started up strong, and all are squatting.
     
  3. daoustaj

    daoustaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds are all same age, and i had 1 buff orp be the only one to lay at 18 weeks, then all my australorps and two buff orps total laying at 20 weeks, and took one orp until about 24 to start.
     
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  4. Apocalypstick

    Apocalypstick Out Of The Brooder

    She doesn't squat no. Most of the time she just runs away LOL

    They are free-range, but we have a small yard so I don't know where she could possibly be laying if it's not where the others have laid.

    We won't give up on her just yet, she may come good and surprise us all! :D
     
  5. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist Premium Member

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    Some ameraucanas take 30 weeks plus to brew up a first egg, Some other larger breeds longer.
     
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  6. nakstk

    nakstk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My EE is 31 weeks 4 days and still no egg. Just give her time. I have read on here that later layers will be healthier layers. Less issues. so look at it as a good thing.
     
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  7. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I WISH that 24 weeks was the latest that hens start to lay. I had a pair of dark brown Leghorns that were hatched April 2011 and laid their first egg in May 2012. They went away to Craigslist Land.

    I currently have a group of EEs that were hatched mid April 2012. Out of 10 birds, perhaps four are laying.

    24 weeks is a good average for very industrial breeds like Leghorns and sex links, but for heritage type breeds, waiting until 30-35 weeks is common.
     
  8. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Watch her comb and wattles. You didn't give us a head shot, but when it comes time for her to lay, they will get big and red pretty much over night.
     
  9. Apocalypstick

    Apocalypstick Out Of The Brooder

    SHE LAID!!!! Woo hoo, Tikka actually laid an egg today!
    It's very small, and a bit bumpy and odd coloured, but it's an egg and it's her first.
    So proud of my girl *squee*
     
  10. nakstk

    nakstk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats!![​IMG] thats awesome!! I am still waiting on my EE pullet she is 32 weeks 6 days today and again no egg from her today.
     

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