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
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.
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!
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?
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!
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 I 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!