A "new parent" question - SCREACHING

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickinlickin, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. chickinlickin

    chickinlickin Songster

    Apr 29, 2009
    This feels like when we first had kids ...everytime one of them would have a fart crossways, we'd call our parents to make sure everything was ok...

    I've got a 20 week old pullet just starting to lay. This morning while on the nest she starts screaching like a hawk..I went in to check on her, and she's just sitting there calm as can be. Then 5 minutes later another screach!....then another ...for the last 20 minutes or so....she doesn't seem distressed or anything. She is a rather flighty bird, a mutt from a barred rock roo and ancona hen...

    This is the first time I've heard it.....is it anything to worry about? [​IMG]

  2. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    It is normal, they can be very very vocal while laying an egg. Especially a pullet. Think..................first time..............ouch. Ignore her if you can. She will likely make a huge fuss after too, the "I'm so prouid" chant. HenZ
  3. chickinlickin

    chickinlickin Songster

    Apr 29, 2009
    Thanks for the reassurance lotzahenz -

    She has been laying for about a week or so (along with 1 or 2 others).. this is probably her 3rd or 4th egg - and she is loud afterward, but I've never heard this before. I was outside and almost spilled my coffee the first time she did it! [​IMG]
  4. MIChicken

    MIChicken In the Brooder

    May 6, 2009
    Southeast Michigan
    I heard that for the first time yesterday. I was sitting inside next to an open window and I heard what I thought was canadian geese flying over. When I realized it was not getting further away, I ran out and it was my pullet that has just started laying. She was screaching but when she saw me shed quieted right down. I hope she doesn't think she can call me out of the house like that??

  5. chickinlickin

    chickinlickin Songster

    Apr 29, 2009
    Just went out to check on her and she was just coming out of the coop clucking and bawking like crazy......


    What a show off.....[​IMG]
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    My light brahma will screech at any other chicken that dares to come into the coop while she's on the nest.
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    My whole flock gets in on it- what a racket! And the roos always act like they did all the work!

    Congratulations on the first egg! [​IMG]

  8. KDbeads

    KDbeads Songster

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    My mutt hen sounds like she's being killed when she lays! Screeching at the top of her lungs for a whole minute, gets old it does [​IMG]
  9. flymamma

    flymamma Songster

    Jul 10, 2009
    My RIR's have been screaching and squacking for weeks ! Finally while I was gone today one of the girls laid an egg ... my poor neighbors I am sure she had quite a song to sing when she was done ![​IMG]

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