An odd question about poop size and egg laying??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nakstk, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. nakstk

    nakstk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2011
    Kalama, Washington
    I have 5 SS hens that are 14months old and 2 Wellies and 1 EE that are almost 20 weeks. I have gotten a different looking egg twice this week. I am thinking one of my Wellies has started laying but these eggs aren't much darker then some that my SS lay.
    I was out watching my chickens today and of course some of them pooped and that got me thinking.
    [​IMG]Could the diameter of the poop be some indication that the pullet is laying? [​IMG]

    My SS have big blobs of poop but my 3 pullets still have smaller diameter poop that sort of looks like a snail or over size feed pellet.
  2. Um, I don't know. I wouldn't think so. It could but, I'd doubt it.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Never heard that one before.

    You can tell a hen is laying by feeling their pelvic bones. (below the vent) If you can only fit 1 finger between their pelvic bones, the bird is not laying. 2 or more fingers, it is laying. Of course this varies a bit by hand size, but if you compare them, you should see a difference between those laying and those not.
  4. AshleyBickle

    AshleyBickle Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 14, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    I only have three hens so it's very easy for me to notice any differences in them. My hens just started laying this week and let me tell ya, their is a big differance in poop size once they are laying. I thought it was strange the first day but every day since the first eggs were laid thei poop has been larger that normal.. Big blobs instead of small walnut sized droppings. In my opinion I think this does change when a hen has started laying.
  5. BeulahBreezes

    BeulahBreezes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2012
    Western NY
    All I know is that chickens certainly do poop ALOT! [​IMG]

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