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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:45 am 
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Hi, I hope this is the correct forum for this question.
I have a bantam PlymouthRockXWyandotte at 8 months old she has not started laying.
I bought her and 4 others as day olds and put them under a experienced Pekin broodie.
Later, I gave 3 (hens) away and kept this one I don't know if those others are laying.
The Pekin and bantam now live with the flock and are inseparable - the Pekin pecks and the bantam to show who's boss but also sometimes clucks to anounce some good food like she does with small chicks.
Could it be possible this attachment could influence the bantam not laying?
I am clutching at straws here! She is healthy she has a pea comb which not pale.
Also how long do I wait to see if she will ever lay, I'm assuming it is possible as an anomaly for a hen to never lay?
I would appreciate any thoughts about this.
Cheers Jasmine :-)


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:10 am 
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Hi Jasmine, I would not worry about her not laying yet. Both Plymouth Rock and Wyandotte can be late bloomers as they are dual purpose heavy breeds (meat n' eggers).The upside is that they are likely to continue laying into old age.
Most breeds of poultry are dependent on day length to trigger their laying cycle - generally a minimum of 13 hours of daylight is required to stimulate the reproductive/laying hormones. She will probably not commence laying until after the Winter Solstice when the days begin to get longer. :watng :timetap She will also probably lay almost full sized (bantam) eggs rather than starting with small pullet eggs.
Occasionally you will get a chook which just never lays but it is unusual. Don't give up on her yet. :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:07 am 
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Hi Sue, your reply is much appreciated.
I forgot about the short daylight hours can be a factor, as most of the others hens are laying, they are all mostly under one year old. Except one Australorp bantam who I bought 6 months ago as Point of Lay, but is in a heavy moult. Which I thought didn't happen until the hen is at least one year old. She is a small bantam with out her feathers she look about the size of a Kookaburra. She is feathering up quickly which is good as she looked very vulnerable.
Before she broody and then into moult she was an excellent layer and the egg size in relation to body size is astounding.


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