I have four hens, all different breeds. The Black Sex Link always talks loudly before she is going to lay an egg and during the process. Could she be in pain or just wanting everyone to know? she is the loudest of the 4 all the time, but i want to make sure her excessive shouting during egg laying is normal. Thanks, Nyumbakuku
Pain or just telling everyone`
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I have 2 that are very vocal during the process, and 2 that aren't so far. I hope they're just proud. I would HOPE that since they lay every day it's a "fairly painless" process for them overall. Though I really don't know since they can't verbally tell me. They SEEM fine, and not overly stressed when they're in the nesting bins too other than some occasional panting (which I chalked up to being similar to labor), and they come bouncing out when they've finished everything. I could be wrong, but I just hope since they go through it every day isn't not too bad. My cockerel chatters back and forth with the 2 that are vocal during the process, it's pretty awesome to listen to too.
Mine get vocal. I have three hens laying now. One will start chirping softly but seem agitated. The roos have been over-mating her so I keep her separate from the boys at night. She loves the little 3x3 coop I built for her in the garage and now that's the only place she will lay her eggs. She starts pacing and then chirping. She'll get loud if I don't put her in her coop to lay. She bawks before, during, and a bit after. Another one likes to escape the run to lay in the middle of the garden. As soon as she is done, she starts squawking during and then will sing LOUD when she's done. She must say something to the others because the rest of the flock, including the roos, join in the song. It is like 'PARTY LIKE IT'S 19-99' for about five minutes. It's the funniest thing I've ever heard.