That's great! It's so nice when they can let themselves in and out. Then you can just relax and watch them.
I've got a question for everyone. This morning our youngest pullet, maybe 13-14 weeks old, was singing a LOUD egg song! We searched all over for an egg and found nothing, but just in case we uncovered the nest boxes and filled them with duff. Does the song mean eggs? She has gotten pretty big lately, but not 'wide' in the hips like the older girls. Her face and comb are still yellow too. I expected it to be one of the other girls singing when we heard it but it was definitely her, just strutting around singing her little heart out. The others were standing around petrified because they had never heard it before
No other egg-type behaviors except this song, except pink faces on most of the girls and the light brahma doing a pseudo-squat the other day. We're out of eggs so maybe she is just waiting for us to go buy some...
13/14 weeks is a little young for most pullets to be laying although production reds/blacks and egyptian fayoumis reach maturity at about 14 weeks old. I dare ask the questions but are you sure it's a little girl and not a little boy just starting to mature? That's about the time when most roos start practicing. Light brahmas reach maturity a little later then most and I didn't even know my 'girl' was a boy until he was 8 months old. Even then I was in denial and he was quite content foraging with the rest of the girls. What breed do you have?
I bookmarked this page when I first had my girls. I'm glad I didn't get rid of it.
Edited by coloradogal - 7/15/12 at 9:08am