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20 week Buff Orp - not yet laying, but today noticed vent is VERY red....eggs on the way, or problem

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by iheartnh, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. iheartnh

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    My flock is roughly 20 weeks old and not yet laying, though a couple of the hens are pretty red in the comb/wattles - and one in particular is VERY red and obviously more mature than the rest. She has been incredibly vocal over the last week or so, and eating like a hog - which has me excited, because I'm thinking she may be getting ready to lay.

    Earlier today, I noticed when she bent over to eat something, her vent is quite red. As I said, she's eating and drinking like a champ, poop is normal, she doesn't seem "off" at all (we have lost 2 hens to illness that had symptoms before I knew they were symptoms, so now I cast a pretty wide net for "off" - this hen's behavior is fine). She does not enjoy being handled, so I figured I would ask here before I violated her dignity - is this something to be concerned about, or is it a sign that I should be getting ready to celebrate? And if it is a good sign - any estimates on how soon an egg would drop? We are going on vacation in a couple of days - I'd hate to miss kick-off!

    Thanks!
     

  2. iheartnh

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    OK, so I opted to investigate. I'm not sure what I saw that looked red, because her vent is the normal color and I couldn't find any red areas at all. [​IMG] But she did do a bit of a egg squat before I snatched her up, so I guess I was on the right track with her other behavior.....I just need to have my eyes examined!
     

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