Location: Athens, GA Zone 8a
posted 3 years ago
I got a Blue Wyandotte chick, Maude, the week of April 1st along with an Easter Egger the same age, Pippin. Pippin's been laying 5 or 6 eggs a week now since August 19. Maudie, nada.
It was very hot and dry this summer, and that really bothered Maude. I thought maybe that's why she hadn't started laying. Then I read the Wyandottes begin laying between 24 and 28 weeks, but it's been almost 32 weeks now. (Pippin started laying at 20 weeks.) We've just now gotten cold weather, and neither is molting (which I read somewhere won't happen until next year anyway, although I don't know if that's trustworthy info). Both birds seem healthy, and Maude chortles at me sweetly each day, never indicating any kind of distress. She's clearly a hen.
Is it possible that heat was too much for Maude and she won't lay until next year? How can I tell if I have a problem without taking her to the vet? Do you have chickens that went that long without laying?