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Is it normal that they pant while trying to lay an egg?

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It's been hot here, but even when it wasn't as hot I noticed that the girls pant, some more than others, when they're sitting in the nest boxes.  They've all just started laying.  Is this normal?

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I'm new to chickens, and only have my one, but when she is getting ready to lay an egg, panting is part of her normal routine.  So I think it's normal.

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at present, mine don't stop panting. It's 1AM and still over 90 degrees out there... on it's way up to 112 and heat indexes nearing 118.

Oh, yeah, it's normal.

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"With God, ALL things are possible."

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Chicken Lamaze...breathe through the pain...push it out-shove it out-way out

I'm shuttin' up now!!!
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Originally Posted by sheaviance1 

Chicken Lamaze...breathe through the pain...push it out-shove it out-way out


yuckyuck    i was thinking something similar...lol

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Originally Posted by sheaviance1 

Chicken Lamaze...breathe through the pain...push it out-shove it out-way out


Don't forget the grunting as they give birth to the egg.

Yes, panting in the nestbox is normal.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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