The Egg song, it’s not about the egg; it’s an escort call.

I enjoyed reading about the tribe behaviors regarding egg laying.
Interesting information. I love all the new things I learned here and the pictures are really fun!

Something cool I noticed that might help prove your point is that ever since my roosters started mating I haven't heard the egg/escort call. I guess that is because the cockerels always over-mate the pullets and aren't very popular at this age. I can't blame the girls:gig

Thanks for taking the time to make this!
Sweet pickle juice!!! Great article with tested theory!! I learned something new.
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Thanks for reading the article.
I am a big believer in spending time with my flock, abserving moslty. I’m always in a constant need to learn more. Just today when one of my hens started making that sound they make when there ready and looking for a spot to lay, like a whiny almost honking noise, I remembered this article so I paid very close attention and soon enough there was my lead hen she’s always been very dominant always the “lookout” (replacement for my wounded Cornish x & my Silkie rooster who was keeping him company) she’s the rooster in this situation I saw the two run behind the shed, after some time I noticed the lead hen was back with the flock, and Rusty (hen trying to lay) was stil Behring the shed. Than we all heard it the buk-buk-bukaw sound the lead hen & I went running over and there was her egg, she was safely escorted back to the flock.
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Thank you for reading the article. Others have also reported a senior hen taking on escort duties.
Great article! I had always assumed the hens we just having a little victory song after they laid, or possibly announcing to the other hens about their accomplishment! This makes much more sense. This also answers why sometimes the hens sing the song, and other times they don’t. Thank you for the information and the great read! :clap
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Thank you for reading the article. It's interesting that others have also seen the same behaviour and mentioned this in their comments.
This certainly explains certain behaviors, however, Im curious as to why my girls still give the call while enclosed for the winter in a 12x9 coop with the rooster. Is it possible that my hens do not like my rooster? And if so, are they hoping to attract a different roo?
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I really don't know much about how much of the behavior I see with free range multiple groups of chickens translates to those kept in a coop and run.
Here, it's the response of nay rooster that satisfies the hen, it has to be her rooster. When I've had father and sons here if the hen is one of the fathers favorites and as often the case one of the sons shows up, the hen keeps calling until the father arrives. There are complexities to do with keeping arrangements and rooster/cockerel numbers.
Great article and so fun to observe now that I understand what’s going on. Thank you!
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I take it you have seen similar behavior?
I will definietly watch the flocks activities around this song after reading this great article
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Please do comment here if you see this behavior in your flock.
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I'm pleased you found it interesting.
I always assumed it was something akin to human labor pain calls. But this instantly convinced me that an escort call is the only thing that makes sense. I vote this article of the year 2019!
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Thanks for reading the article. If you free range and have a rooster its something to look out for.
Interesting look at the how and why a hen makes her "egg call," seems she's actually calling her rooster back because she's done laying and wants to be escorted back to the rest of the flock. Great post!
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Thanks for reading the article. hens make the same call when they get separated from the group.
Wow i never realized
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It's easier to see in some circumstances than it is in others.
Thanks for reading the article.
Thank you for sharing your observations and thoughts with us. I've seen my own roo escorting the girls back to the herd after they call. I found it sweet and romantic :gigI honestly thought it was for protection and not about keeping other roosters away though. I never thought about it from that perspective.

I love that you experimented to prove your theory too. Great article Shad!
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Hey IM. It would be lovely if it was romance but I think the truth is somewhat more basic ;)
They do do romance though imo but that's another article. Thanks for reading the article.
Helpful to know when hens start clicking at each other.
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Thanks for reading the article.
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Thanks for reading the article.
Very interesting! I've always wonderwondered about the egg call!
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Thanks for reading the article. Yep, the egg song in the wild would need to be renamed the suicide call.
Interesting theory, Shadrach. Flock dynamics are a lot more complicated than most people realize.
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Thanks for reading the article. There are of course variations depending on the keeping arrangements but as 'natural' behavior it's representative of jungle fowl.
Great insight and perception from a man who lives closely with his birds.
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Thanks for reading the article. Best not to dwell on how closely :)
I found this article to make very clear step by step observations that led the author to their assumptions. The article is well written and raises awareness about natural chicken behavior.
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The roosters behavior is partially documented in studies of jungle fowl. All I have done is associate the call with the behavior that is a pattern already established. Much as I would like to take credit for more.....
I'm pleased you found the article interesting.
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I'm glad you found the article interesting. Thanks for reading.
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