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    • CommentAuthorkarenhills63
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2010 11:11am (Mar 13th 2010)
     
    We have 4 hens; a Wheaten Maran, Cream Legbar, Silver Grey Dorking and s Buff Sussex. We got them all around September time last year, and all are laying now (started over the last 5-6 weeks) except Winnie, the Wheaten Maran. She's the eldest - by a couple of months, so I reckon she's about 8-9 months old. She seems quite well and is eating etc, but does seem a little nervous and stand offish compared to the others. I'd put the nervousness down to the fact that we got her as an older hen, so she wasn't handled as a chick as the others were, but now she seems a little out of the group too so I'm wondering if there's something wrong? Any thoughts?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2010 8:34pm (Mar 13th 2010)
     
    I have no hens, so this is pure waffle and what I've read previously!, but if she's eating, drinking and seems OK, then maybe its because of her position in the pecking order. If she's nervous then maybe she doesn't feel secure enough to lay.

    Any ideas from you hen owners out there?!!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2010 9:13pm (Mar 13th 2010)
     
    I wouldn't be too worried about her yet, Karen. It may take her a while longer than the rest to start laying..she's a little older..a different breed than the others..she may need more hours of daylight than we have right now.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2010 10:32pm (Mar 13th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :seeya: Karen!

    I wouldn't be worried either, Karen :wink: All chickens have different personalities...you only need to look at Tilly and Penny to see that! They are both sisters, but are completely different chickens; Penny is cowardly, nervy around humans and terrified of everything; whereas Tilly is brave, bold and the leader of the flock. Likewise, all chickens are different for laying eggs...Penny and Milly are prolific egg layers, whereas Tilly is a lazy bum who eats more than her fair share and doesn't produce many eggs!! :P

    But seriously, hens will start laying whenever they are 'ready,' so if you are waiting for her first egg, don't worry and you could be waiting a while! She might not even start laying now until the days get longer and the weather warmer...

    If she is still eating and drinking fine, walking and acting healthy then I wouldn't be concerned. Has she laid eggs before did you say? If so were they laid before winter?

    You could check she isn't eggbound if you are worried, but there would probably be indicators if this were a problem, such as listlessness and not much walking etc. You can give them some bread dipped in vegetable oil and have a feel of her stomach / underneath area leading up to the vent if you want - you might feel a solid egg-shaped bulge which would indicate an egg. At least then you'd know if you had a problem.

    But for now i'd just say keep an eye on her and see how it goes ~ she'll probably start laying in no time :001_smile: